Is Timothy Olyphant The New Snake Plissken?

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With Breck Eisner’s successful remake of The Crazies under his belt, he’s moving on to slightly more revered territory – an updated version of John Carpenter’s classic, Escape From New York. In an interview with MovieHole, Eisner recognizes how crucial the casting of Snake Plissken is and reveals that Timothy Olyphant (Justified) would be at the top of his list of contenders:

Creatively, he would be great for it. We have not yet discussed internally within the studio who will play Snake Plissken. There are many factors that go into those discussions. First and foremost, obviously, is the creative one. We can’t make the movie unless we get the perfect Snake Plissken, and that’s a tall order. There are very few guys that could do it. He would definitely be one of the guys who could. There is no question about that.

He also discussed his take on Escape From New York and how it would differ from Carpenter’s:

The reality of Escape from New York today is that the social meaning of it is not true any more. The movie is a comment on urban decay. The suburban flight. All of that was coming out of the late 70s and early 80s. When the movie came out. That doesn’t exist today. The thought for me is, “Is there any relevance today to make Escape from New York?” When we were developing it, when I was looking at it, and I was analyzing it, I realized that the world is a completely different place. New York has a completely different character now than it did back then. The idea of turning it into a prison is a completely different level of social commentary. I liked the idea of discovering this movie through a completely different set of eyes in a different decade. That gave me the confidence that there is a reason to make this movie.

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It was back in February that New Line Cinema announced their plans to take another pass at the Escape From New York remake. The news came after a previous attempt to resurrect the property several years earlier had resulted in a revolving door of directors and star Gerard Butler (who had been set to play Snake) jumping ship. While I can appreciate what Eisner is getting at here, I want to share this one last quote because I think it’s important:

Escape from New York wasn’t a low budget movie for the time, but John Carpenter was working from this much bigger canvas. A lot of things, like the president’s plane crashing into the building? It was quite telling that they had a simulation on an Atari video screen. There are a lot of places in that movie where its obvious that Carpenter wanted to do bigger and better, and cooler things. He couldn’t, because he couldn’t afford that. We can do that now.

This is a very different situation than The Crazies. The main reason being that the original Crazies wasn’t very good. There was a lot of room for improvement. It also didn’t have  a fan base as passionate as Escape From New York‘s or a role as iconic as Snake Plissken. The fact that you can do a version that’s bigger and better is hardly justification and it’s going to take a lot more to convince me that this is a good idea.

However, I’m a fan of Timothy Olyphant as an actor and the potential for his involvement is the only thing that’s piqued my interest. The problem is that Kurt Russell is so closely associated with the role that it’s hard to imagine anyone successfully reinterpreting it. In fact, I’d much rather see Russell as an older, meaner, version of Snake in another sequel, but I’ve accepted the fact that it will never come to pass. Besides, anyone who made it through Escape From L.A. has already survived one crappy remake of the original.

Would Timothy Olyphant be a solid choice for Snake Plissken? How do you feel about the  Escape From New York remake gaining momentum again?

Source: MovieWeb.

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  1. No harm no foul Rouge X

    Whenever I mention Hit Girl, its outta respect. ;-)
    Yeah I’ve heard that Anthony, I’ll be boycotting that as well,,,

    • Just make sure you watch it with the glasses on, 790! Actually, a They Live remake might be interesting in the age of the internet, but (and it’s a LARGE qualifier) it’d need to be made by someone who had the same intentions as Carpenter, or it really would be an pointless, evil little knock-off. Then again, you could say Cronenberg covered the screen-based brainwashing angle with Videodrome. And don’t anyone remake THAT…


  3. Another remarkable soundtrack since Vin Diesel came up,,,

    Graeme Revell, did a stellar job on Pitch Black/ Chronicles of Riddick. Really liked the music in both films.

    • He’s always reliable, though I couldn’t hum you anything of his, even when he goes for a “big” mainstream movie like Daredevil. He does churn them out at a rate of knots. I’ve had a soft spot for him since he was with industrial metal-bashers SPK. In the absence of Brad Fiedel he’d have been ideal for Terminator Salvation instead of the desecration wrought by Elfman on that score.

  4. @BigD,,,He’s good with the da horns! I just watched Riddick again the other night so its fresh in mind. The theme is haunting you’ll remember liking it when you hear it again. That film gets better every time as well.

    On Terminator4/Elfman,?! Dude what happend to that? It was worse then the script in the sense that it was so unremarkable. I’m a huge fan of Danny going back to his
    Oingo Boingo days but that soundtrack sounded like leftovers from Catwomen. The epic Halli Berri, Sharon Stone film. 8-O

    • That’s a new one: according to my highlighted name I’m exhibiting Whittier landscapes somewhere. Must have organised that during one of my frequent blackouts.

      Leftovers from Catwoman – love it! I really like Danny Elfman, but he’s been a bit hit-or-miss in recent years. His score for Hellboy II was one of the reasons I found it difficult to care for that film. I was looking forward to seeing what he’d do with Terminator and was really disappointed: the gratuitous reprise of that simple acoustic guitar line that was so effective in the gas station scene of T2 was the one that stood out to me for all the wrong reasons. And where Brad Fiedel’s main theme was like a jackhammer pounding you between the eyes, the production on Elfman’s version was more like being slapped round the face with a damp gym sock. I mean, how do you mess up five notes??!

      Hey, I’ve just looked up Graeme Revell’s “discography” and apparently he did the soundtrack for the Assault On Precinct 13 remake! What are the odds? His first ever film score for Dead Calm was excellent, though again, I couldn’t play it for you on a kazoo…

      • I only saw Riddick once – been meaning to watch it again for Karl Urban after his brilliant turn as Dr McCoy in the Star Trek movie. Didn’t realise that was a Graeme Revell job.

  5. Isn’t that a classic Anthony. The deleated scene doesn’t really belong in the film but it shows how loyal Snake is and its cool deleted scene. I assume you have the Special Edition 2 disc set.

    They won’t be able to land a glider on top of the Trade Centers in the remake. They’ll prob cast a black president. That would actually work in so much as I could grow to hate that Pres!!!

    What a great cast!
    Love the original!

    • it also showed him having a human side, and not such a cold heartless crimminal

  6. Big D, Chronicles of Riddick is a classic!
    One of my all time favs, and that means it has a great soundtrack. Check it out!

  7. New? What was wrong with the old one?!
    Another remake/rehash


  8. First that loser from lost and now agent 47???

    NO NO NO

  9. I’ve liked Olyphant since he was in Go. He’s got some solid acting chops I think and Justified is and awesome show mostly because of him.

    But T.O. as Snake? Not wild about it…just because I haven’t been impressed with Carpenter remakes.

    Though if I could throw my hat into the ring, I would love to see him in about 5 years play Indiana Jones in a reboot of the series…I know, I know that’s blasphemous but Crystal Skull cute me deep and I would rather get a fresh take on the series than have Ford on the “Quest for the Eternal Hip”. Olyphant seems like he would fit that bill perfectly.

    Sorry for getting off topic:P

    • I don’t think Olyphant is quite charismatic enough to fill Ford’s shoes in Indiana Jones. His acting has mostly been quite stoic and a tad on the wooden side, which is great for roles like Snake and any bad-ass cowboy role, but not sure about Indiana Jones. However, he was quite charming and hilarious in The Perfect Getaway, so maybe I’m wrong about him…

  10. I think Timothy O. would be perfect for the role and would do Kurt Russell role justice. He is talented and hot. Great choice. I love the original and would definately go see the remake. especially with him as Snake Pliskin