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Joel Silver to reboot Escape from New York as a trilogy

Mar. 18, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Well, this was a surprise to hear. Not only does Joel Silver have some movement on the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake that has been lingering in development for years, but he has the hopes of turning it into a trilogy. This is a pretty bold move for a film that has had little luck making it to the big screen since John Carpenter's 1996 sequel, ESCAPE FROM LA.

Until two years ago, the rights to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK were controlled by New Line Cinema. The last candidate to direct was Breck Eisner (THE CRAZIES) with potential actors for the lead including Jeremy Renner, Tom Hardy, and Gerard Butler. While none of those three feel like they could have filled Kurt Russell's boots as Snake Plissken, I wouldn't have scoffed at Hardy in the role.

The rights are now in the hands of Studio Canal who, according to Deadline, have given control to producer Joel Silver. The hope is to treat the first film as an origin story with additional adventures to follow. I think going back to the character's roots instead of just remaking the John Carpenter classic is the best direction for this project. We haven't had a kick ass character like Plissken in a major movie in a long time. Hopefully they can get Kurt Russell to cameo.

The plot of the 1981 original follows Plissken, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He’s charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashes within the city walls. Snake’s offered a pardon if he’s successful, but fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline.

Here's hoping that this happens. The false starts have all been on projects that have sounded lackluster so far. This sounds like the right take on the movie to actually happen. I hope we hear more and soon.

Source: Deadline

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4:19AM on 03/20/2013
Like every one else I would rather see Escape from Earth(I reckon Escape from Hell,Just a Idea folks)but If they have to remake it I reckon they should cast a hardly unknown actor such as Antony Starr(Hood from Banshee)because at least Snake well feel at least fresh.
Like every one else I would rather see Escape from Earth(I reckon Escape from Hell,Just a Idea folks)but If they have to remake it I reckon they should cast a hardly unknown actor such as Antony Starr(Hood from Banshee)because at least Snake well feel at least fresh.
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10:09PM on 03/19/2013

Great Idea

I think this is fantastic, I only wish John Carpenter would direct it. I love the possibility of seeing Pliskin's early military spec-ops career. We might get to see the raid mentioned by Lee Van Cleef: Bob Hauk: [reading Plissken's file] S.D. Plissken... American, Lieutenant: Special Forces Unit "Black Light". Two Purple Hearts, Leningrad and Siberia. Youngest man to be decorated by the President. Then you robbed the Federal Reserve Depository... life sentence, New York maximum security
I think this is fantastic, I only wish John Carpenter would direct it. I love the possibility of seeing Pliskin's early military spec-ops career. We might get to see the raid mentioned by Lee Van Cleef: Bob Hauk: [reading Plissken's file] S.D. Plissken... American, Lieutenant: Special Forces Unit "Black Light". Two Purple Hearts, Leningrad and Siberia. Youngest man to be decorated by the President. Then you robbed the Federal Reserve Depository... life sentence, New York maximum security penitentary. I'm about to kick your ass out of *the world*, war hero...
Snake Plissken: [calmly strikes a match against Hauk's desk to light his cigarette and in a bored tone of voice] Snake Plissken: [pause] Why me?
Bob Hauk: You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad. You know how to get in quiet. You're all I got.
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9:44PM on 03/19/2013

Great Idea

I think this is fantastic, I only wish John Carpenter would direct it. I love the possibility of seeing Pliskin's early military spec-ops career. We might get to see the raid mentioned by Lee Van Cleef: Bob Hauk: [reading Plissken's file] S.D. Plissken... American, Lieutenant: Special Forces Unit "Black Light". Two Purple Hearts, Leningrad and Siberia. Youngest man to be decorated by the President. Then you robbed the Federal Reserve Depository... life sentence, New York maximum security
I think this is fantastic, I only wish John Carpenter would direct it. I love the possibility of seeing Pliskin's early military spec-ops career. We might get to see the raid mentioned by Lee Van Cleef: Bob Hauk: [reading Plissken's file] S.D. Plissken... American, Lieutenant: Special Forces Unit "Black Light". Two Purple Hearts, Leningrad and Siberia. Youngest man to be decorated by the President. Then you robbed the Federal Reserve Depository... life sentence, New York maximum security penitentary. I'm about to kick your ass out of *the world*, war hero...
Snake Plissken: [calmly strikes a match against Hauk's desk to light his cigarette and in a bored tone of voice] Snake Plissken: [pause] Why me?
Bob Hauk: You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad. You know how to get in quiet. You're all I got.
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5:38PM on 03/19/2013

WHY?

WHY must modern Hollywood remake Everything. I'd rather just see something original than a retread of a movie that was already done. Something that has not been done before like Escape from NY was when it was released.
WHY must modern Hollywood remake Everything. I'd rather just see something original than a retread of a movie that was already done. Something that has not been done before like Escape from NY was when it was released.
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6:05AM on 03/19/2013
EFNY trilogy could actually be good if handled properly. Got to have a great casting of Plissken though.
EFNY trilogy could actually be good if handled properly. Got to have a great casting of Plissken though.
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5:25AM on 03/19/2013
Sounds like Joel Silver will try anything to stay in the business.
Sounds like Joel Silver will try anything to stay in the business.
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4:16AM on 03/19/2013
The problem is Hollywood doesn't make real man like Kurt Russell anymore.
The problem is Hollywood doesn't make real man like Kurt Russell anymore.
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12:28AM on 03/19/2013
Escape From New York is one of my favorite movies of all time- I know it's a B-Movie, and it's not a critic's darling or anything, I'm saying favorite not best. This new franchise will not take that away from me. It didn't happen for Clash of The Titans, despite those movies being mega pieces of turd, so I say whatever.
Haven't seen Lockout, but Doomsday was a pretty good EFNY homage, I thought.
Escape From New York is one of my favorite movies of all time- I know it's a B-Movie, and it's not a critic's darling or anything, I'm saying favorite not best. This new franchise will not take that away from me. It didn't happen for Clash of The Titans, despite those movies being mega pieces of turd, so I say whatever.
Haven't seen Lockout, but Doomsday was a pretty good EFNY homage, I thought.
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11:46PM on 03/18/2013
$10 says plissken will be played by someone of the non-white persuasion, most likely after the white guy (probably Tom Jane) is fired
$10 says plissken will be played by someone of the non-white persuasion, most likely after the white guy (probably Tom Jane) is fired
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11:35PM on 03/18/2013
Josh Holloway would make for a great Plissken.
Josh Holloway would make for a great Plissken.
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5:26AM on 03/19/2013
Is Josh Holloway your own personal Nathan Fillion, you seem to wanna cast him all the time?
Is Josh Holloway your own personal Nathan Fillion, you seem to wanna cast him all the time?
12:44PM on 03/19/2013
I just think Josh Holloway is a really good underrated actor who deserves a big break out role post LOST. I think he would make for a great choice. Him or Thomas Jane.
I just think Josh Holloway is a really good underrated actor who deserves a big break out role post LOST. I think he would make for a great choice. Him or Thomas Jane.
10:47PM on 03/18/2013
Eh, I view "Lockout" as a decent "Escape From" remake as it is. Underrated and lots of fun.
Eh, I view "Lockout" as a decent "Escape From" remake as it is. Underrated and lots of fun.
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7:27PM on 03/18/2013
Instead of bitching about remakes I don't know why people don't put more effort into hoping it's good... Since it's going to happen no matter how much you bitch about it...
Instead of bitching about remakes I don't know why people don't put more effort into hoping it's good... Since it's going to happen no matter how much you bitch about it...
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7:24PM on 03/18/2013
A perfect example of just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.
A perfect example of just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.
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7:14PM on 03/18/2013
Do I want to see Snake back? You bet your ass I do. The only way that should happen is with Kurt behind the eye patch. For fuck sake, what does it take for Hollywood to have a totally original idea?
Do I want to see Snake back? You bet your ass I do. The only way that should happen is with Kurt behind the eye patch. For fuck sake, what does it take for Hollywood to have a totally original idea?
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7:11PM on 03/18/2013

Jesus

Do we really need an origin story??? Why does Hollywood think we need everything laid out plainly for us, I kind of dug having a little mystery to that character. I swear every producer thinks we need origin stories for everyone, I have a strong feeling this will blow.
Do we really need an origin story??? Why does Hollywood think we need everything laid out plainly for us, I kind of dug having a little mystery to that character. I swear every producer thinks we need origin stories for everyone, I have a strong feeling this will blow.
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7:18PM on 03/18/2013
It's like this for me....do I want to know how Snake got the eye patch? Yes I do. However, I don't want to know how he got it. Mystery helps people invest into characters.
It's like this for me....do I want to know how Snake got the eye patch? Yes I do. However, I don't want to know how he got it. Mystery helps people invest into characters.
6:53PM on 03/18/2013
WHAT THE HECK! (shouting to the movie studios)...Again, he is another person in Hollywood, thinking we need another remake (sounds better then typing reboot) to a classic movie. Even though I could see another actor or two playing Kurt Russell's role...I think its a bad idea to remake this classic. We need something original , something movie fans can get behind and enjoy. That being said, IF this movie does get the green light...the movie should be action packed, slightly dark and good worthy
WHAT THE HECK! (shouting to the movie studios)...Again, he is another person in Hollywood, thinking we need another remake (sounds better then typing reboot) to a classic movie. Even though I could see another actor or two playing Kurt Russell's role...I think its a bad idea to remake this classic. We need something original , something movie fans can get behind and enjoy. That being said, IF this movie does get the green light...the movie should be action packed, slightly dark and good worthy actor to play Snake.
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6:44PM on 03/18/2013

Bad Bad Bad.

Holly shit fuck. Why can they not just do another one with Kurt.
Holly shit fuck. Why can they not just do another one with Kurt.
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6:54PM on 03/18/2013
I agree...one last chapter to close the "Escape" movies.
I agree...one last chapter to close the "Escape" movies.
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6:32PM on 03/18/2013
No moaning about a reboot, I got used to that. I'll probably even see it in the cinema. But there's no way this is going to be as good as the original or even close to it. A PG-13 Escape, without the great music and gittiness? yeah, like most remakes it'll just be another poor man's version of the original.
No moaning about a reboot, I got used to that. I'll probably even see it in the cinema. But there's no way this is going to be as good as the original or even close to it. A PG-13 Escape, without the great music and gittiness? yeah, like most remakes it'll just be another poor man's version of the original.
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5:24PM on 03/18/2013

Jeremy Renner...

... Would have been good in Escape from LA just so the running gag of "I'd thought you'd be taller" would be funnier. That is all. Thanks for reading.
... Would have been good in Escape from LA just so the running gag of "I'd thought you'd be taller" would be funnier. That is all. Thanks for reading.
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12:29AM on 03/19/2013
Don't listen to the Joes- that was funny
Don't listen to the Joes- that was funny
5:03PM on 03/18/2013
John Carpenter and Kurt Russell

Escape from Earth!!! DAMMIT!!!!
John Carpenter and Kurt Russell

Escape from Earth!!! DAMMIT!!!!
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4:36PM on 03/18/2013
Make something new you assholes!
Make something new you assholes!
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5:30PM on 03/18/2013
Yeah! I swear man, if there's one more adaptation or reboot or sequel like Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Godfather, Jaws, The Dark Knight, or The Shining I will just...I don't know what I'll do, but it'll be something!
Yeah! I swear man, if there's one more adaptation or reboot or sequel like Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Godfather, Jaws, The Dark Knight, or The Shining I will just...I don't know what I'll do, but it'll be something!
4:32PM on 03/18/2013
They don't need a reboot, they need Kurt and John back for one last big-ass finale.
They don't need a reboot, they need Kurt and John back for one last big-ass finale.
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4:42PM on 03/18/2013
This.
This.
6:33PM on 03/18/2013
I think by now it's too late to even have a hope
I think by now it's too late to even have a hope
7:39PM on 03/18/2013
Yeah!
Yeah!
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4:28PM on 03/18/2013
*Obligatory moaning and bitching about another reboot here*
*Obligatory moaning and bitching about another reboot here*
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