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Now that the smash success of 300 has catapulted star Gerard Butler into the A-list atmosphere, all the studios want to be part of his next flick. But New Line is the one who got the latest prize, Butler's starring role as iconic antihero Snake Plissken in a redundant remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.

The studio came out victorious in a bidding war for the planned sci-fi flick, which puts the brawny Scot in the role infamously embodied by Kurt Russell, that of a convicted ex-special forces soldier sent into a futuristic Manhattan prison to rescue the kidnapped president from Isaac Hayes. The remake comes from BLACK HAWK DOWN writer Ken Nolan and producer Neal Moritz, who is best known for excessively noisy and aggressive attempted entertainment like STEALTH, XXX and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS. John "I'll Cash That Check" Carpenter will exec produce. No director has been announced, but they're surely lining up for the job already.

Personally I think Butler's a fine match for the patch (if it's absolutely necessary to reboot Snake, which it is not), but I'd much rather see him carry on the character as he's coerced into an entirely new mission, rather than just actor-swapping him into a semi-retarded (it's a Moritz movie, after all) retread of the original material. Butler was attached to play a gunslinging vampire-hunting holy man in PRIEST, but that no longer seems to be in the cards considering this latest news and his rumored involvement with WATCHMEN.
Extra Tidbit: The studio originally preferred actors such as Charles Bronson and Tommy Lee Jones for the part of Plissken, but Carpenter (wisely) insisted on former Disney kid Russell.
Source: Variety

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11:32PM on 03/18/2007

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"Escape from LA" was lousy, only memorable for its (unintentionally funny) torture-by-treadmill scene. Whether or not this remake gets done will not matter to me. After "Ghosts of Mars," I've vowed to never again watch any movie that begins with the words "John Carpenter's."
"Escape from LA" was lousy, only memorable for its (unintentionally funny) torture-by-treadmill scene. Whether or not this remake gets done will not matter to me. After "Ghosts of Mars," I've vowed to never again watch any movie that begins with the words "John Carpenter's."
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7:45PM on 03/18/2007

"I can give him to you"

of all the pieces of shit remakes the studios are doing, this one has got to be the biggest mistake yet!!! First of all, they are screwing up by remaking Escape from New York (a film which no way needs a remake!) Then they get rid of Kurt Russell!!! If Russell is no longer Snake, than Plissken can go f*ck himself!! (that's right! the character is only good if Russell is in the role).
of all the pieces of shit remakes the studios are doing, this one has got to be the biggest mistake yet!!! First of all, they are screwing up by remaking Escape from New York (a film which no way needs a remake!) Then they get rid of Kurt Russell!!! If Russell is no longer Snake, than Plissken can go f*ck himself!! (that's right! the character is only good if Russell is in the role).
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9:39AM on 03/18/2007

he looks like a pussy

Too-trimmed beard, pretty boy looks...this jerk couldn't look more like a pussy if he was workin' the real Pliskin's tool.
Too-trimmed beard, pretty boy looks...this jerk couldn't look more like a pussy if he was workin' the real Pliskin's tool.
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6:30PM on 03/17/2007

Not again

You would think with the failed remakes of "The Fog" and "Assault on Precinct 13" and the soon-to-be-failure of Zombie's "Halloween" 'reimagining', that this thing wouldn't be greenlit.

Besides, Snake still needs to escape Earth (after Escape From L.A.). We need a sequel, not a remake.

Also, if they really wanted to make some cash, Carpenter should set up a tv series deal for The Plissken Chronicles that he started in the comic book series in 2004. A whole tv series about a pre-NY
You would think with the failed remakes of "The Fog" and "Assault on Precinct 13" and the soon-to-be-failure of Zombie's "Halloween" 'reimagining', that this thing wouldn't be greenlit.

Besides, Snake still needs to escape Earth (after Escape From L.A.). We need a sequel, not a remake.

Also, if they really wanted to make some cash, Carpenter should set up a tv series deal for The Plissken Chronicles that he started in the comic book series in 2004. A whole tv series about a pre-NY Plissken would make a lot of money.

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3:36PM on 03/17/2007
Honestly, I think the original is way overated. It doesn't stand the test of time and is full of camp in many ways. That to me qualifies this flick for remake territory. Butler is a good choice and they have a half descent writer in place, and of course there will be a director announced soon. (What do guys think about Matthew Vaughn sittin in the chair? Yeah, it's a long shot I know....) The only gripe I have at this point is Moritz as producer. The movies that man has been involved are some
Honestly, I think the original is way overated. It doesn't stand the test of time and is full of camp in many ways. That to me qualifies this flick for remake territory. Butler is a good choice and they have a half descent writer in place, and of course there will be a director announced soon. (What do guys think about Matthew Vaughn sittin in the chair? Yeah, it's a long shot I know....) The only gripe I have at this point is Moritz as producer. The movies that man has been involved are some of the cheesiest movies to get released in the past ten years. Anyways, we'll just have to see.
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2:04PM on 03/17/2007
He wasn't a country kid, he was "HillBilly" Dave Davis. So there actually was a baby....
He wasn't a country kid, he was "HillBilly" Dave Davis. So there actually was a baby....
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8:49AM on 03/17/2007
Hey Dave, you have the exact same name as a country kid I knew in school that was later arrested for incest/rape. Bad times. Then came the baby...

But anyway, we don't need a remake.
Loved the John Carpenter nickname.
Hey Dave, you have the exact same name as a country kid I knew in school that was later arrested for incest/rape. Bad times. Then came the baby...

But anyway, we don't need a remake.
Loved the John Carpenter nickname.
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5:10AM on 03/17/2007

ridiculous.

i was snake plissken for halloween. dont do this to me. theres absolutely noooo need for a remake, even if it is with Dracula from the year 2000.
i was snake plissken for halloween. dont do this to me. theres absolutely noooo need for a remake, even if it is with Dracula from the year 2000.
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10:08PM on 03/16/2007

Now that I think about it...

I'm against this remake and I have voiced this loudly. Butler is great but I do not think he should do this. If they were to make a new story, and not a remake, I would probably be hip to this news...How about the bank robbery that goes bad in Cleveland that starts it all? Remember Hersey Brown talking about it? It was Cleveland right? But then again, prequels suck too. Ugh, Hollywood makes Sausage confused about sexuality...:(
I'm against this remake and I have voiced this loudly. Butler is great but I do not think he should do this. If they were to make a new story, and not a remake, I would probably be hip to this news...How about the bank robbery that goes bad in Cleveland that starts it all? Remember Hersey Brown talking about it? It was Cleveland right? But then again, prequels suck too. Ugh, Hollywood makes Sausage confused about sexuality...:(
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9:14PM on 03/16/2007

That SUXXX!

Stealth, XXX, and Fast and Furious. Snake will be driving cars from roof top to roof top across NYC.
Stealth, XXX, and Fast and Furious. Snake will be driving cars from roof top to roof top across NYC.
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