Crazies Director Could Helm Escape from New York Remake

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am,

Breck Eisner has become the latest director attached to the long-planned – yet long-panned – remake of John Carpenter’s futuristic cult classic, Escape from New York.

EW reports that, fresh from helming a mildly successful 2010 adaptation of the George A. Romero horror The Crazies, Eisner is in negotiations with New Line Cinema to breathe new life into legendary tough guy, Snake Plissken.

Eisner, who was also responsible for the big screen version of the Clive Cussler novel Sahara starring Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penelope Cruz, follows Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner and Jonathan Mostow as the men most likely to direct the Escape from New York remake.

Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) was expected to take the reins back in early 2007, when Gerard Butler was in line to fill the massive shoes of Kurt Russell by starring as Plissken.

However, before you could say ‘I thought you were dead’, Wiseman was replaced by Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand), who was then replaced by Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), who would also re-write Ken Nolan’s script. Somewhere in there, Butler presumably saw the writing on the wall and jumped ship.

Two and half years on, it’s full steam ahead again, with Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) penning the latest screenplay – a script New Line is said to be pleased with - and now Eisner possibly on board, at least for the moment.

Producers now have the toughest task of all: finding someone able play one of cinema’s great anti-heroes, Plissken, the war hero turned criminal sent in to save the U.S. President from the maximum security prison that is Manhattan Island.

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Russell, for one, made it clear in 2007 that he wasn’t impressed with Butler taking over the role, telling EW:

“I will say that when I was told who was going to play Snake Plissken, my initial reaction was ‘Oh, man!’. I do think that character was quintessentially one thing. And that is, American.”

In fact, Russell wouldn’t be happy with any new Snake Plissken, going on to say during that 2007 interview:

“I am Snake Plissken! It’s like Sean Connery always watching someone else do their version of Bond.”

And who can blame him? The entire concept of an Escape from New York remake seems unnecessary, but Hollywood certainly is insistent on slowly but surely rehashing the Carpenter classics, whether we like it or not. Think The Fog, Halloween, and the upcoming The Thing prequel. Don’t expect a Ghost of Mars remake any time soon, but what next?  They Live is said to be on the way too…

And if the Escape from New York remake does finally see the light of day, the eye-patch must return, but what about Plissken’s surf board from the 1996 sequel, Escape from LA?

Source: EW

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  1. Hmmm, never saw the first one. Probably, Gerry will do it better.

  2. I've wanted a third “Escape” film for years but with Kurt Russell & John Carpenter attached.

    After the way they left it at the end of “Escape from LA” it would be logical and cool to have the world where it's reverted back to an “Old West” environment with Snake riding into a town just like Clint Eastwood's “Man with no name” only to find an adventure requiring escape from said town somehow involving the President. (A mainstay of the previous two films.) Russell isn't too old and neither is Carpenter. I think fans would much rather see a continuation than another botched remake which always seems to kill the franchise entirely and end ANY possibility of continuing the originals.

  3. Russell, haven't you ever heard of a Scottish-American. That gutsy, masculine voice of Scottish Brogue and physique. Oh yeah,Gerry will do great in it.

  4. I hope he keeps his Scottish brogue in this, it would be fantastic. It makes any character even better.

  5. Go for it Gerry!

  6. Go for it Gerry!

  7. People give it a chance!

  8. Is it written in stone the character has to be American! look in any phone book at the amount of Scottish names of several generations of Scottish americans.
    Define American?

  9. I cannot beleive that Curt Russell would object to a wonderful Scot playing the part.
    He must be in shock yet.

  10. The world has grown smaller, a Scott in this part awsome.

  11. The rights millions
    the budget millions
    Gerry Butler Priceless

  12. I think some fellow Scot costars would be awsome. Hey it is a remake, so remake the characters a little.

  13. Well Snake Plisskin, you have shed your skin and have morphed into a masculine, wonderful Scottish person, i hope Gerry keeps his accent in the role, It is so awsome, would improve the role.

  14. Well, Russell, why don't you do a remake of PTO?

  15. Gerry you're the man!

  16. Gerry has universal appeal!

  17. I hope they put some bagpipe into his character theme.

  18. He can walk the walk, and do the talk albeit, hopefully with Scottish accent.

  19. I agree with Russell. I'm not looking forward to a remake. Although Escape from LA sucked, but NY was a classic…

  20. And you know this since you've never seen the first one. Genius! :-D

  21. Escape from Glasgow, maybe?

    Seriously, this is a film that doesn't need a remake. I'd kick in my $10 and sit right down to watch Kurt Russell in a Carpenter-led effort to Escape from Sao Paolo, if they wanted to. Watch the director's cut 2-disc edition. You will get so much out of it you won't want a remake. Watched it last night.

  22. He is right…HE is Snake,Kurt Russell !
    Guess they think him too old…:(
    Would love to see him again.

  23. Yeah,that is exactly my mind. They should both return,not a remake and what so ever. With a nice budget this time so the vision can meet the eye.

  24. What the hell is up with this Carenann person, he just keeps posting and posting and posting and posting… I’m surprised all of his spam hasn’t been deleted yet…

  25. Ha, Gerard Butler playing Snake Pliskin. That’s almost as terrible as Jackie Chan playing Mr. Miyagi. What’s next? Christian Bale doing a remake of Shaq’s Kazaam?