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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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