Len Wiseman Confirmed As Escape From New York Director

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:41 pm,

butler plissken Len Wiseman Confirmed As Escape From New York DirectorIt is being reported over at The Hollywood Reporter that Len Wiseman has been confirmed to be in the director’s chair for the remake of the cult favorite Escape from New York. I like this choice. I enjoyed his Underworld films (that may have had a lot to do with Kate Beckinsale and her wardrobe choices) and Vic gave Die Hard 4.0 a favorable review here.

As a fan, I am of two minds on the idea of one of my favorite movies getting redone.

In my heart, Kurt Russell forever wears an eye-patch, mullet, and multiple days growth of a beard. I have always hoped they would do the rumored Escape from Earth storyline with Kurt in his signature role. That being said, if they have to recast the role of Snake Plissken, Gerard Butler is a pretty good choice. He was awesome as Leonidas in 300 and I enjoyed him as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. I think he is a rising star right now and his name attached to any project creates some interest for me.

John Carpenter has directed some of my favorite cult movies, The Thing (itself a remake), Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York, and They Live. Unfortunately, he has also directed some real stinkers. I don’t think he is a director whose movies shouldn’t be remade, he isn’t exactly Hitchcock or Spielberg. Len Wiseman, although fairly new to the director scene, has shown that he can put out a good action flick. Plus, John Carpenter will be involved and is said to be producing the remake. This sounds like it could be really good if handled right.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. As far as I’m concerned the bigger story here is whether this will turn into another PG-13 vs R-rating slugfest.

    So far both “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Underworld” have been antiseptic versions of movies that should really have had more grit to them. If he gives “Escape from New York” the same treatment, fans are going to be ANGRY, and rightly so IMHO.


  2. Love the original, hope this remake will take the parallel route to the gritty type atmosphere of “Children of Men”.