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New details emerge about the Escape from New York remake that is happening

12.05.2016

Now, I'm not opposed to remakes outright. Some are as good, if not superior, to their originals. This includes John Carpenter's own THE THING, a remake of the 1951 horror film THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD. However, to be fair, remakes are also often really terrible, like the remake of John Carpenter's THE FOG or his own remake of THE VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED.

This is all to say, that while I'm not excited about an ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake, I'm not against it either. Neal Cross, creator of the BBC crime series LUTHER, is behind the remake, after winning over several other competing writers and concepts.

So what makes his version so special? Well, The Wrap  reportedly has some exclusive tidbits about the project.

Obviously, SPOILERS BELOW. READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL!

So, for one thing, we finally get Snake's real name (because that's something that's necessary): Colonel Robert “Snake” Plissken. OkaySure.

We also know that the film will actually open to see just how Robert Plissken was arrested and forced into the plot (the original also had this scene, but was wisely deleted before release).

Lee Van Cleef's character will now be gender-swapped to be a badass woman, CIA Deputy Executive Director Roberta Hauk. Cue internet fanboys crying.

The biggest change, however, is that New York is not a maximum security prison in this one. In fact, it's a technological utopia! Here's how it's described via the report:

New York is breathtakingly lovely. Manhattan is the island we know, but with more towering glass structures and a high, undulating glass wall. The sky is alive with drones as serene as bees, and artificial intelligence controls all in the form of an ethnically ambiguous, cheery young woman called April. A small staff of technicians and researchers known as “Seers” monitor all.

His mission, which he now has to compete in 11 hours instead of 22 hours (because of modern audience's short attention span, I guess), is to capture the remake's villain Thomas Newton, "the lean, intensely charismatic...playboy heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation." No sign of the President or Duke of New York anywhere.

Also there's something about a dangerous hurricane and a weird device called The Fat Boy — "an ominous, dull metal sphere about the size of a car, in a nest of conduits and cabling" that will probably factor in the climax somehow.

Anyway, that's the lowdown. Honestly, I'm intrigued. I appreciate that it's trying to say something different about our times. In the '80s there was a fear of crime and gangs overrunning our streets, which was taken to extremes in the film. However, in the 2000's, the fear is about corporations privatizing everything, with a lack of personal privacy and a sense of false security. This of course isn't new territory, but seeing a rough and tumble Snake (I mean Robert) navigate a city that's basically a super-sized Apple store could be an interesting visual contrast. At least it's something we haven't really see him do before. 

It could also really suck. So what do you guys think about the remake? Yay or nay?

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Extra Tidbit: The production didn't have enough money for digital effects, so the 3D hologram of New York in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was accomplished by putting fluorescent tape on flack boxes (in the shape of New York skyscrapers) in a black background and lighting it up.
Source: The Wrap

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4:42PM on 12/07/2016
The first remake Lockout was pretty fun
The first remake Lockout was pretty fun
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11:49AM on 12/07/2016
What young actor could compete with Kurt Russell square jaw?
What young actor could compete with Kurt Russell square jaw?
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1:20PM on 12/06/2016
I'll say it again, we learned nothing from Ghostbusters 2016. Fuck our lives.
I'll say it again, we learned nothing from Ghostbusters 2016. Fuck our lives.
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4:18PM on 12/06/2016
500,000 Syrian refugees feel your pain. It must be so tough when a proposed movie ruins your life.
500,000 Syrian refugees feel your pain. It must be so tough when a proposed movie ruins your life.
5:43PM on 12/06/2016
Finally...someone gets it.
Finally...someone gets it.
10:01AM on 12/06/2016

Pass

Yet another remake no one wants or needs. It clearly will not match or surpass the original. It's just another typical Hollywood cash grab that is destined to flop. Snake would strongly disapprove.
Yet another remake no one wants or needs. It clearly will not match or surpass the original. It's just another typical Hollywood cash grab that is destined to flop. Snake would strongly disapprove.
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9:41AM on 12/06/2016

No interest

Like Stallone as Rambo and Arnold as Conan, nobody can take the place of Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken for me. I won't see this one but I don't care if they make it. It's just not for me.
Like Stallone as Rambo and Arnold as Conan, nobody can take the place of Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken for me. I won't see this one but I don't care if they make it. It's just not for me.
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7:48AM on 12/06/2016

No thank you

There was literally nothing in the original that made me say "y'know, they could've done this better if...."
So...no thanks. Shelve this with Death Race, Halloween, Robocop, Total Recall, Conan and every other classic movie that some studio exec decided to cannibalize for a profit.
There was literally nothing in the original that made me say "y'know, they could've done this better if...."
So...no thanks. Shelve this with Death Race, Halloween, Robocop, Total Recall, Conan and every other classic movie that some studio exec decided to cannibalize for a profit.
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1:25AM on 12/06/2016
I'm always skeptical about reboots/remakes as the next shmo; but keep in mind Mad Max Fury Road turned out to be really good.
I'm always skeptical about reboots/remakes as the next shmo; but keep in mind Mad Max Fury Road turned out to be really good.
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10:06AM on 12/06/2016
That's a different situation. George Miller had a hand in writing, creating and directing every Mad Max movie. Reboots and remakes, 99% of the time, are made by studios who now have the rights to a property and are just trying to make cash on an established name which is exactly what this is.
That's a different situation. George Miller had a hand in writing, creating and directing every Mad Max movie. Reboots and remakes, 99% of the time, are made by studios who now have the rights to a property and are just trying to make cash on an established name which is exactly what this is.
1:26PM on 12/07/2016
Mel wouldve been waaaayyyyyy better than tom hardy....not even comparable......its a big problem with movies and music as well...originality and creativity are fading away....everything is a reboot or remix
Mel wouldve been waaaayyyyyy better than tom hardy....not even comparable......its a big problem with movies and music as well...originality and creativity are fading away....everything is a reboot or remix
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9:00PM on 12/05/2016

Well, if they're going to do it....

At least they're going with a completely different concept. I don't hold out much hope for it being good, but I LOVED The Magnificent Seven, so it is possible to do a quality remake.
At least they're going with a completely different concept. I don't hold out much hope for it being good, but I LOVED The Magnificent Seven, so it is possible to do a quality remake.
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8:47PM on 12/05/2016
The superficial changes and unnecessary backstory I don't care about - that's been done in good and bad remakes. But that plotline?? How is this even Escape From New York. It's literally just a different movie that's stealing some character names and the title.
The superficial changes and unnecessary backstory I don't care about - that's been done in good and bad remakes. But that plotline?? How is this even Escape From New York. It's literally just a different movie that's stealing some character names and the title.
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7:45AM on 12/06/2016
Just like "Death Race 2000" becoming "Death Race". Totally different plot, just stole the name from a classic movie to cash in while doing nothing to honor the previous movie.
Just like "Death Race 2000" becoming "Death Race". Totally different plot, just stole the name from a classic movie to cash in while doing nothing to honor the previous movie.
8:46PM on 12/05/2016
This sucks! I cannot stand this re-make, PC correctness movies made from a classic (at least in my mind, a classic).
This sucks! I cannot stand this re-make, PC correctness movies made from a classic (at least in my mind, a classic).
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10:32PM on 12/05/2016
What part of this is PC? Is that just a buzzword for things people don't like now?
What part of this is PC? Is that just a buzzword for things people don't like now?
9:01PM on 12/06/2016
In my mind, if the rumor is true about changing the head jailer from male to female to appeal to a female audience just to sell tickets, then that is PC or gender approval....just my .02 cents.
In my mind, if the rumor is true about changing the head jailer from male to female to appeal to a female audience just to sell tickets, then that is PC or gender approval....just my .02 cents.
8:43PM on 12/05/2016
It'll come, it'll go, it'll be forgotten. It will take nothing away from the original. It will employ a bunch of people during the production. John Carpenter will get a paycheck. Nothing here to get upset over, folks.
It'll come, it'll go, it'll be forgotten. It will take nothing away from the original. It will employ a bunch of people during the production. John Carpenter will get a paycheck. Nothing here to get upset over, folks.
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3:56AM on 12/06/2016
you are very right, but we can be upset of getting a remake instead of a part3 ESCAPE FROM EARTH with Kurt and John...
and we can also be upset that the new generation this remake will be made for, will never check the original movie. With a good sequel, it could maybe push people to discover the 1st one...
you are very right, but we can be upset of getting a remake instead of a part3 ESCAPE FROM EARTH with Kurt and John...
and we can also be upset that the new generation this remake will be made for, will never check the original movie. With a good sequel, it could maybe push people to discover the 1st one...
8:36PM on 12/05/2016
I was hoping the new details would be that everyone involved came to their fucking senses and scrapped this unnecessary project.
I was hoping the new details would be that everyone involved came to their fucking senses and scrapped this unnecessary project.
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8:09PM on 12/05/2016
How about no? It sounds like the Total Recall and Robocop remake. It'll take itself too seriously and be rated PG-13 to get more butts in the seats.
How about no? It sounds like the Total Recall and Robocop remake. It'll take itself too seriously and be rated PG-13 to get more butts in the seats.
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6:31PM on 12/05/2016
No Russell, no ticket.
No Russell, no ticket.
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6:23PM on 12/05/2016
I've got really mixed feelings on this but Luther is indeed awesome, and Neil Cross is a talented, talented guy, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
I've got really mixed feelings on this but Luther is indeed awesome, and Neil Cross is a talented, talented guy, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
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9:43AM on 12/06/2016
Luther is fantastic.
Luther is fantastic.
4:24PM on 12/06/2016
That aspect of the proposal is what captured my interest. Luther is a great detective series, and I'd be interested to see what Neal Cross does with it.
That aspect of the proposal is what captured my interest. Luther is a great detective series, and I'd be interested to see what Neal Cross does with it.
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6:05PM on 12/05/2016
Just stealing the name for recognition really.
It's only very vaguely the old story.

I'd probably be more excited if they called it something else.
Just stealing the name for recognition really.
It's only very vaguely the old story.

I'd probably be more excited if they called it something else.
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