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Oh God, the Escape From New York remake is moving ahead…

August 31st, 2014 by Marc 3 Comments

There were rumours a while back of a remake of Escape From New York. We ignored them and hoped they would go away. But they haven’t (here).

Studio Canal and Silver Pictures are moving ahead with this. Good for them. Probably not good for us. Anyway…

Starlog are now reporting that the remake, rather than focusing on Snake Plissken – the character made iconic by Kurt Russell – will be more of an ensemble deal, saying it will be “more team-based, as Snake Plissken traverses through a treacherous New York landscape with a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President.”

“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery,” they continue.

As for Plissken, one of cinema’s most iconic characters, there’s a three actors lined up for the gig, according to the site.

First up is Charlie Hunnam, star of Pacific Rim, Jon Bernthal, Shane in The Walking Dead and The guest star, Dan Stevens. They report that Hunnam is the favourite but with him in talks for the role of King Arthur in Guy Ritchie’s new movie series (here) and getting ready for PacificRim 2, it’s not known if he’ll be available to destroy a classic.

They go on to say that Silver Pictures have already commissioned artwork of Hunnam in the patch and combats. The movie will kick-off a trilogy (there were only two starring Russell) and in it “Snake’s past will be seen in brief glimpses throughout the film, blending into his reality via Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” 


We expect to hear more on this before 2015. And we can’t wait.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • Craig Berrington-potts

    With a good script and great casting it could be good. However, it wont be and i doubt it. There’s no need to flash back into snakes past but we live in a different age now and certainly film makers, for good or ill, like to explore areas not touched on. I can accept films are made differently now and story telling changes over time but why can’t they just do this with new and original material instead of faffing around with and retelling a story in a different way for a modern audience (whatever that means). They’ve never re made Casablanca or Apocalypse Now, probably because they’re too scared to but Robocop and Escape seem to be fair game. It saddens me because it appears that the studios don’t see these as classics at all thats why bang out ill thought out rehashes. Next up, a remake of Ghandi starring Vince Vaughan? Silent Running starring Will Ferrell?Or how about a remake of Blade Runner with Tom Cruise? Aaaaaaaaarrrrghh!!!!!

    • Steve Breen

      They weren’t kidding when they said Hollywood was out of ideas. And it seems like the quality of actors out there has really gone down. Not to many actors now a days are very interesting to watch in action roles. Hollywood keeps feeding us spoon fulls of pretty boys with a (rough past) over and over again. And now we’re getting reboot treatment with the everything is a (franchise) on the side.
      Movies that fail or are ruined by horrible sequels don’t wait years for another attempt any more. Nope now it’s straight to reboot.
      Gone are the days of a movie failing at the box office only to develope a cult following later on DVD. By the time these movies hit the 5yr mark the producers are looking at a way of redoing it.
      Comicbooks seem to be the new gold mine for Hollywood right and will help them limp along as they rehash everything at leat once or twice.

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