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Escape from New York Redux Finds a Crazy Director?

Finally a bit more news has surfaced as to the fate of the long talked about remake of Escape from New York. The folks behind the flick may just have found their director, but we thought he’d be taller. Betcha he gets that a lot.

According to Variety The Crazies remake director Breck Eisner is now officially in talks to take up the directorial helm on the project, which has been stewing for a few years now.

The script for the new version was penned by Ken Nolan, David Kajganich, and Allan Loeb, who wrote the most recent draft. The new spin follows along the lines of the original in which Plissken — an iconic soldier-turned-criminal — is given 24 hours to find the President following the crash of Air Force One.

Look for more on this — we’d guess — pretty damned soon. In the interim relive the glory days and check out the trailer for the original if only for the sweet, sweet music.

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  • Floydian Trip

    Screw this movie. I love the original way too much to care or to ever watch it.

  • Terminal

    I wonder who is going to play Snake. One word: Will fucking Smith.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • LifeMi

      Fuck that. Smith’s a good actor, but Plissken? Nope. Butler wouldn’t work for me either. I honestly don’t know who would be a good fit for the role. I got a bad feeling Sam Worthington might end up with the part.

      • Terminal

        Okay, one more word: Ashton fucking Kutcher. Demi Moore can play the president’s daughter.
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        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • LifeMi

          Terminal, you are a cruel person. Might as well throw Robert Pattinson into the mix.

          • Terminal

            Haven’t you heard? RobPatz is this generation’s James Dean, so why not him as Snake Plissken?
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • LifeMi

            If we were talking about a spoof called Sparkly Plissken, he’d be perfect.

          • Terminal

            Hell yeah and instead of a patch he’d have sunglasses.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • RingoJ

            Does Jason Statham sound like a good potential choice?

          • Terminal

            Not in my opinion. He’s bald and the younger crowds would think they’re trying to rip off Riddick.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            And he could “bejewel” them. Isn’t that the trend now? Bejewel every fucking thing!

          • Terminal

            Yeah we wouldn’t want Snake to be too scary.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • FireRam

          I thought you might have wanted Vincent Perez. Isn’t he your favorite crow? (hehe).
          Oh, and Demi Moore was on Letterman the other night. Damn she looks fucking good!!

          • Terminal

            Vincent Perez would rock the house. And no Eddie Furlong was my favorite Crow.

            Demi Moore? Meh. After that pic of her with that humongous buddha belly which everyone found so charming, I was turned off by her. Why people think a human being incubated in a stomach like some sort of grotesque bubble is compelling or sexy I’ll never quite know.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Vanvance1

            FINALLY someone else who was disgusted by the horror movie with a naked, pregnant Demi. Ugh, that was the only horror in the movie… I can’t even remember the flick’s name. The Seventh Sign? But who could forget Demi’s alien filled belly in the tub.

          • Terminal

            No I was talking about that famous magazine cover with Demi Moore and that preggo belly of hers. Gross.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            I know. We discussed that on The Crow remake thread. Again, just a sarcastic, jovial comment. Have you learned nothing of me? LOL
            Oh, and I do agree with you about Demi and her “surgeries”. I saw a picture of her where her cheek was, damn, I don’t even know how to describe it. It was fucked up looking, like someone clocked her in the jaw before the pic was taken. In certain angles she can look scary,but I had a little movie actress crush on her when I was younger, loved her in that corporate movie with Michael Douglas (the name escapes me this second),so I still remember how she used to look. I was just saying she really did look good (I thought,compared to recent interviews,pictures) during the Letterman interview.

          • Terminal

            People really have to stop defining stuff for me. It’s really annoying.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            Note to self:
            Define stuff for Terminal more than you ever have every day all day for a period of one year or until you find a reader that thinks Megan Fox is a talented actress. Whichever comes first.

          • Terminal

            You evil human being!
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Verdugo

            Was it Disclosure?

          • FireRam

            Exactamundo. Good movie, nothing spectacular as far as plot and twists go, I mean if you watch movies you pretty much know what’s around the next corner, but I enjoyed it.

      • Gus Bjork

        With more money and technical versatility, what a remake could do that the original couldn’t is really expand on the look of the city and the societies there. You only had little tastes of that in the original. The downside is that making it slicker could push it into another generic sci-fi action movie. Rollerball v Rollerball.

        From a fan standpoint I would be excited to see Plisken played as a real anti-hero. A character who really is just out for himself not just a sulky tough guy with a heart of gold. A character actor, someone like Javier Bardem, could make the Plisken actually dangerous and unpredictable, which in my mind is what he should be. Plisken isn’t an in-transition character.

        But it seems inevitable that the film will be built around an upcoming action guy who’s in the process of being built to be celeb box office draw. Waterson or Butler types. I could see Josh Brolin as well, especially if Jonah Hex makes a couple bucks.