Back in April it was announced that Breck Eisner (The Crazies) would direct the remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 film, Escape From New York. New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the property in 2007 and let it sit in development hell before hiring a director and getting down to business. Eisner recently spoke to Coming Soon, about the project and gave a status update on the script and discussed the changes being made to make the story relevant for today’s society.
The interesting thing about Escape from New York is that it was a comment on the urban decay and the suburban flight coming out of the ’70s and early ’80s. Conceptually, it’s an idea that’s not true today because of the world we live in. So, how the prison is created is going to be different than in Carpenter’s version. The anxiety of the world and anxiety of our existence post-9/11 is there, especially the anxiety in Manhattan post-9/11. Plot-wise, they’re different, emotionally they’re very similar. That’s why it’ll be interesting to tackle this movie, to have a slightly different take but with the same results which is Manhattan is turned into a walled prison.”
He also discussed the screenplay and whether or not they’re close to nailing down a finalized version.
“I would be surprised if I found a script that I was just ready to make. I’m bringing on another writer this week and we will do a pass on the latest draft by Allan Loeb. We’ll be doing a significant pass on that.”
It’s great that they’re putting so much effort into perfecting the script but I hope they’re also keeping busy with the casting of Snake Plissken. The character was played by Kurt Russell in the original and its sequel Escape From L.A. When the project was first announced, Gerard Butler was said to be the studio’s first pick but who knows if he’s still in the running.
What do you think of the changes Eisner will make to the story? Does it make sense?