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Escape from New York remake still in the works

02.10.2010

Snake Plissken? I heard you were dead.

But it seems that the remake of John Carpenter's sci-fi classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK still has some life in it. Originally, Gerard Butler was going to wear the patch as the notorious monocular antihero, with Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner each briefly sitting in the directors chair, but the project ultimately crashed like Donald Pleasance's aircraft.

Now Vulture says that New Line is pushing the project into future Manhattan again, with a rewrite by WALL STREET 2 scribe Allan Loeb (the previous draft from BLACK HAWK DOWN writer Ken Nolan has obviously been discarded). According to them, "Loeb nailed the humor in Plissken without slipping into camp, and he changed Snake’s rescue-mission target from a president to a female senator, thereby upping the banter quotient."

Vulture also claims that as an apparent cost-cutting measure, the new New York will be a mostly recognizable I AM LEGEND alteration of the Big Apple, which "was evacuated and turned into a privately run penal colony after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city."

Supposedly, John Carpenter had a few stipulations about the project before he would hand over the rights, which is different from his usual mercenary involvement (by his own admission): "to extend my hand and have a check placed in it."

No director or actor is attached to the redo yet, but it's likely original star Kurt Russell won't approve. When he learned about the remake a couple of years ago, Russell had this to say: ""F*ck that! I am Snake Plissken! It's like Sean Connery always watching someone else do their version of Bond. I think one of the things, for instance, about Escape From New York that appealed to me was that it wasn't a special effects extravaganza. It's a quiet, dark world and it revolved around watching the behavior of this one guy. He's a fascinating character. In fact, he's the most complex character I've ever played."

Extra Tidbit: Speaking of Carpenter/Russell classics, I've been hearing rumblings lately of a possible BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA remake. You're not really surprised, are you?
Source: Vulture

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1:25PM on 02/11/2010
Ten bucks says the female senator will be Joan Allen. that is her thing after all...
Ten bucks says the female senator will be Joan Allen. that is her thing after all...
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1:13PM on 02/11/2010

Remember?

Kurt's getting up there in age...but did you see Death Proof? The man STILL kicks ass! Thumbs down for a new Snake! Thumbs down indeed!
Kurt's getting up there in age...but did you see Death Proof? The man STILL kicks ass! Thumbs down for a new Snake! Thumbs down indeed!
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3:22PM on 02/11/2010
Couldn't agree more. Russell will always kick ass. Plus it's not like he was running around doing crazy action sequences in either of the "Escape" movies. He was cold, collected, and badass. He mainly just walked around and blasted the fuck of people. Keep Kurt, I'll watch it. Lose Kurt, I'll mock it. End of story.
Couldn't agree more. Russell will always kick ass. Plus it's not like he was running around doing crazy action sequences in either of the "Escape" movies. He was cold, collected, and badass. He mainly just walked around and blasted the fuck of people. Keep Kurt, I'll watch it. Lose Kurt, I'll mock it. End of story.
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11:38AM on 02/11/2010
First off, a remake to "Escape from New York" is a terrible idea. Second, John Carpenter has said on many occasions that he wants to make a third Escape movie entitled "Escape From The World", and he wants that movie to obviously star Kurt Russell. I would be first in line to see "Escape From The World", but I refuse to see a remake that Russell and Carpenter have nothing to do with.
First off, a remake to "Escape from New York" is a terrible idea. Second, John Carpenter has said on many occasions that he wants to make a third Escape movie entitled "Escape From The World", and he wants that movie to obviously star Kurt Russell. I would be first in line to see "Escape From The World", but I refuse to see a remake that Russell and Carpenter have nothing to do with.
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9:55AM on 02/11/2010

When will they realise...

that most remakes have been have been dire when adapting from this classic era of cinema. With the odd exception being perhaps The Hills Have Eyes and Dawn of the Dead. Everything else has been an insult to the classic everyone loves. Not every film requires a remake. John Carpenter made most of his filmography on less than the budget of what this will probably be, but you know what...we'll remember his films more. Money and Brett Ratner do not make good films PERIOD.
that most remakes have been have been dire when adapting from this classic era of cinema. With the odd exception being perhaps The Hills Have Eyes and Dawn of the Dead. Everything else has been an insult to the classic everyone loves. Not every film requires a remake. John Carpenter made most of his filmography on less than the budget of what this will probably be, but you know what...we'll remember his films more. Money and Brett Ratner do not make good films PERIOD.
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8:53AM on 02/11/2010
It is amazing how many Carpenter/Russell movies are in my all time Top 10; The Thing, Escape and Big Trouble.
Remakes, reboots, prequels... whatever the hell they want to call them, are a bad idea. I wish they'd get Kurt and just do ANOTHER story for Christ Sakes!
I fucking hate Hollywood.
It is amazing how many Carpenter/Russell movies are in my all time Top 10; The Thing, Escape and Big Trouble.
Remakes, reboots, prequels... whatever the hell they want to call them, are a bad idea. I wish they'd get Kurt and just do ANOTHER story for Christ Sakes!
I fucking hate Hollywood.
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1:22PM on 02/11/2010
isn't the Thing a remake?
isn't the Thing a remake?
8:51AM on 02/11/2010
The first one was made with 2$, a roll of duct tape and an old tube sock. And it was (and looked) amazing. This remakes is all fail.
The first one was made with 2$, a roll of duct tape and an old tube sock. And it was (and looked) amazing. This remakes is all fail.
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8:17AM on 02/11/2010
Hollywood sucks, and so help me if they remake Big Trouble in Little China.
Hollywood sucks, and so help me if they remake Big Trouble in Little China.
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7:56AM on 02/11/2010
Just fuck off, Hollywood. Just fuck off.

My thumbs are turned down so angrily that I've just punched through to the Earth's core. Hopefully we'll all drown in molten lava before this shit sees the light of day.

Calling all websites: you need to stop reporting on remakes and reboots, stop giving them the publicity they don't deserve.
Just fuck off, Hollywood. Just fuck off.

My thumbs are turned down so angrily that I've just punched through to the Earth's core. Hopefully we'll all drown in molten lava before this shit sees the light of day.

Calling all websites: you need to stop reporting on remakes and reboots, stop giving them the publicity they don't deserve.
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1:39AM on 02/11/2010

Sorry

About the repeat post!
About the repeat post!
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1:38AM on 02/11/2010

Hollywood

You just don't get it do you? FUCK YOU!
You just don't get it do you? FUCK YOU!
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1:38AM on 02/11/2010
How many times have the words "remake", "reboot", or "3D" appeared in Joblo articles lately? Including 2010, this has been the worst decade for movies ever, and it doesn't look like it's gonna be gettin' any better anytime soon.
How many times have the words "remake", "reboot", or "3D" appeared in Joblo articles lately? Including 2010, this has been the worst decade for movies ever, and it doesn't look like it's gonna be gettin' any better anytime soon.
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1:36AM on 02/11/2010

Hollywood

You just don't get it do you? FUCK YOU!
You just don't get it do you? FUCK YOU!
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11:47PM on 02/10/2010

Fuck this

I'll watch the original. This remake is complete fail already.
I'll watch the original. This remake is complete fail already.
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11:23PM on 02/10/2010
Banter quotient? As always the remake train misses the point of the original movie.
Banter quotient? As always the remake train misses the point of the original movie.
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10:24PM on 02/10/2010

"Upping the banter quotient"...

ruins the entire point of Snake. He's a man of very few words, and forcing him to talk will ruin the character.
ruins the entire point of Snake. He's a man of very few words, and forcing him to talk will ruin the character.
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1:39AM on 02/11/2010
You are Correct!
You are Correct!
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10:09PM on 02/10/2010

hmmm...

I was reading the blurry text on the poster up there... looking at the cast.
Kurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasence, Isaac fricken Hayes, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Adrienne Barbeau... that's a pretty damn impressive collection of people.

Sometimes it's the actors that make the movie special. You can redo the story with slicker effects but can you get a cast like that again?
I was reading the blurry text on the poster up there... looking at the cast.
Kurt, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasence, Isaac fricken Hayes, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Adrienne Barbeau... that's a pretty damn impressive collection of people.

Sometimes it's the actors that make the movie special. You can redo the story with slicker effects but can you get a cast like that again?
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1:38AM on 02/11/2010
You are Correct!
You are Correct!
4:39AM on 02/11/2010
Spot-on my friend. The chemistry between Kurt and Van Cleef is great. I'm a big fan of Pleasance, I think he was a superb actor. Always makes me cry in 'The Great Escape' and even in 'THX1138' I well-up a little bit!
Spot-on my friend. The chemistry between Kurt and Van Cleef is great. I'm a big fan of Pleasance, I think he was a superb actor. Always makes me cry in 'The Great Escape' and even in 'THX1138' I well-up a little bit!
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