Breck Eisner, the director of this year’s The Crazies has landed a new film and it will center on a one eyed anti-hero who’s named after a reptile. According to THR, Eisner will direct the remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 cult hit Escape from New York. New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the property in 2007 and originally had Gerard Butler in mind to star as the main character, Snake Plissken.
The trade states that the film dwindled in development hell for a long period of time causing Butler to drop out and eventually director Len Wisemen as well. That’s OK because Butler hasn’t had a hit in years and we never liked Wiseman anyway. Despite the game of musical actors and directors, producer Neal Moritz has stayed on board the entire time and it’s paid off. Now that Eisner’s in the director’s chair we’re expecting to see some serious movement with the script and eventually the production.
The original Escape From New York was set in “a futuristic 1997 when Manhattan had been turned into a giant maximum-security prison. The U.S. president’s plane crashed on the island, and Plissken — incarcerated for robbing a federal reserve bank — was coerced into a rescue mission.” Kurt Russell starred as Plissken in both Escape From New York and its 1996 sequel Escape From LA.
Who do you think should play Snake in the film now that Butler’s out?