Out of all the movies that have been rumoured to be getting a remake over the past decade, John Carpenter’s Escape from New York seems to have experienced more false starts than most. The 1981 cult classic has been slated for a redo since 2007 (perhaps even earlier) and even had directors like Brett Ratner, Len Wiseman and Breck Eisner all attached to direct at some point. Gerard Butler was also supposedly going to strap on the eye patch as Snake Plissken, but ultimately New Line let the rights lapse and the project quickly faded away… until now. This week the rights were acquired by producer Joel Silver, who will be partnering with Studio Canal to try and finally get an Escape from New York remake off the ground. What are the odds we will be able to dodge this bullet a second time?
According to Deadline, Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are teaming up to build a franchise that will start with “an entirely new take” on Escape from New York. Not surprisingly, they are hoping for a Snake Plissken trilogy and they are looking at the first film as a Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes-style origin story. They are now in search of a writer to pen the remake.
Joel Silver and Studio Canal previously worked together on a couple of Liam Neeson thrillers (Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop), and the obvious implication is that they may be considering Neeson for the lead role. Deadline also mentions Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy and Jeremy Renner as possible candidates, although at this point that is pure speculation based on previous rumours. Is an Escape from New York remake something you would be open to? Who would you like to see in the lead role?