In 2010 we heard that a remake of the classic “Escape from New York” was on the way. In 2011 we heard a big “Never mind!” for that, as New Line let its option on the film lapse. There was rejoicing in many quarters, including here, where cranky people like me said, “Eh, they’d just spend a billion dollars making it all bright, shiny, and high-tech where it should be gritty, dirty, and low-tech.”
Well, no one wants me to rejoice and not be cranky, because today we have word from Deadline that Joel Silver and Studio Canal are getting together to do their own remake of “Escape from New York.”
Are you not familiar with “Escape from New York?” Directed by John Carpenter, the1981 “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.” It’s simple, dark, nasty, and fun.
Silver isn’t planning just a remake, though–he’s doing a “new take on the material,” and wants the remake to kick off a trilogy; his model is “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” a prequel to the original “Planet of the Apes” that now has kicked off a franchise. That sounds pretty horrible to me. But then again, I’m not in line to make any money from it.