Joel Silver, Studio Canal To Reboot John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York'

Joel Silver's Silver Pictures has joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a retelling of Escape From New York. The 1981 John Carpenter original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He’s charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashes within the city walls. Snake’s offered a pardon if he’s successful, but fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline.

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alycakes1317d ago

I like this idea...I liked Snake. The acting wasn't great in that movie but I still liked it.

Defectiv3_Detectiv31317d ago

Yeah because the last time they remade a Carpenter film that turned out so well...The Thing anyone?

vitorizzo1316d ago (Edited 1316d ago )

that was a prequel not a remake

Defectiv3_Detectiv31316d ago

For all intents and purposes, it was a remake. It may have been set before the original film, but it followed all of the same beats. At any rate it could definetily be classified as the poor man's John Carpenter.

Bumpmapping1310d ago

Halloween 1-2 would be a better example,some of the worst remakes I have ever had the displeasure of seeing.

StarWarsFan1317d ago

It could be good, but they rarely like to give enough time to develop a really good remake and mostly try to just rely on the originals to get people sold on it.

Sahil1317d ago

Theres sumthin very special about Escape from New York, here we have essentially a action film, but one that is very dark, atmospheric, from its music to its setting, tone and the way it is shot. Carpenter is a genius and may have actually created a completely new genre with this movie.

OSIRUSSS1316d ago

I have zero faith this will be done correctly.

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