Seeing as how a slew of John Carpenter’s classic early films—Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, and The Thing—have generated crappy remakes (well, The Thing remake hasn’t been released yet, but it has generated a really crappy trailer), it stands to reason that one of JC’s crown jewels, the Kurt Russell-starring Escape from New York, would earn it’s own remake as well. And, after several false starts and attempts, New Line and Warner Bros. have abandoned their numerous attempts to remake the film.
According to The AV Club:
“The project had been kicking around for years, with various directors, scripts, and stars attached: Most recently producer Neal Moritz and The Crazies’ Breck Eisner were working on a draft, while rumors swirled that Gerard Butler, then Jeremy Renner, then Tom Hardy were all being courted to take on the thankless task of inheriting from Kurt Russell one of the most iconic characters in action-movie history. Anyway, their collective unwillingness has caused the reboot to wither, although there’s still the possibility that someone else could step in and try again—but only after getting a blessing from Carpenter, who drafted a contract last year stipulating that any new Snake Plissken had to both wear an eye-patch and ‘always be a badass.’”
So, while we seem to be faced with crappy remakes on an almost daily basis, it looks like the studios have spared us from at least one more. Whew.
What do you think about the Escape from NY news?