Is Snake Plissken finally heading back to the big screen? …well, not really as Snake Plissken will always be synonymous with Kurt Russell’s awesome portrayal as the anti-hero. However, Deadline have reported that 20th Century Fox has won the rights for the second next thing to another instalment of the classic franchise; the studio have gained the rights to remake John Carpenter’s classic epic action thriller Escape From New York.
Moreover, for fans of the original have been waxing lyrical over the sacrilege of remaking such a classic film, John Carpenter himself, has signed on serve as Executive Producer!
There has been talks of a reboot since it was announced that Joel Silver and Studio Canal were talking on the project. Furthermore, New Line Cinema had previously been planning to remake the film the director Breck Eisner (The Crazies), attached to helm the project. Also, at one point Len Wiseman was tied to the project that would have seen Gerard Butler taking on the iconic role of Snake Plissken.
Carpenter’s work has been rather sporadic as of late, with his last feature length project being The Ward starring Amber Heard back in 2010. Carpenter and Russell had been planning on completing a trilogy of Escape films, but it seemed that the third part of the franchise just wasn’t meant to be, with trouble securing financial backing (probably due to the reception of Carpenter’s less loved Escape From L.A.), and myriad other issues going against the project.
The reboot has yet to secure a director, however, Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona of The Picture Company are attached to produce the film.