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Exclusive: Breck Eisner on The Brood, Escape from New York, and Blood of the Innocent





Exclusive: Breck Eisner on The Brood, Escape from New York, and Blood of the InnocentJust a little while ago we had the chance to sit down with director Breck Eisner to discuss next week's DVD and Blu-ray release of The Crazies, and during all our crazy talk we also waxed on about some of his upcoming projects (i.e., The Brood, Blood of the Innocent, and of course his upcoming Escape from New York remake!)

Kicking things off, Breck offered his final word on the proposed remake of David Cronenberg's The Brood and why he's not doing it --

"It was only rumored that I was doing that film. Honestly? I just couldn't," says Eisner. "I was approached to do it, and the studios really wanted me to tackle it, but I just had to pass on it. The reason I passed is that I like that movie far too much. The Brood is just so daring and so risky and so flawed and amazing, ridiculous and incredible, that I'm just too much of a fan of that movie and its execution to remake it. It's perfect the way that it is, and I love it too much to ever touch it. I'm not that crazy."

However, one project Eisner is really excited to get started on is a remake of the John Carpenter classic Escape from New York.

"I had to go back and watch the original again to decide if I wanted to do it," Eisner tells us. "I hadn't seen it in probably ten years. As I kid I was absolutely obsessed with that movie. I saw it probably hundreds of times. Snake Plissken is the coolest character of all time, or so I thought. It's a movie that still holds up to this day for the type of movie that it was. When you look at Escape from New York today, the whole social commentary of the movie is completely irrelevant now. It couldn't be farther from the reality of the world that we live in today. It all clearly suffered from a really small budget, which is why we saw the President's plane crash on what looked like an Atari 2600 graphic instead of seeing the event itself. Combine those two things with the fact that we now have an audience that doesn't know that particular movie so well anymore, and that's what gave me the confidence that this could be a fun remake. Just like my remake of The Crazies, it will be very similar and different as well."

In terms of a rating ...

"We are pushing for an R rating right now, but we'll see. You never know when you're talking about an expensive studio movie, but I really think the end result will be R-rated."

Just to lay aside some fears that you may have, Breck assured us that one thing that will not change is the character of Snake Plissken.

"He's going to be the badass, eyepatch-wearing antihero that we all love," insists Eisner. "He has to be! He's gonna be! I actually think contractually, and this is hilarious, in Carpenter's contract there are ten points which Snake must be, and one of them is a badass. It literally states that in the contract, which makes this the funniest and coolest contract I think ever written. My Snake WILL NOT be a different kind of character. What you're getting with Escape from New York is of course the title, the character, and the world. Those things must all be there, and they MUST all be the same way."

And finally, Breck gave us the scoop on what the deal is with the Dracula vs. Jack the Ripper flick Blood of the Innocent.

"Directing that one will be fun. It's a pitch that [writer] Bill Marsilii and I came up with based on the Mark Wheatley comic book from the Eighties, which I had never even heard of before. It's kind of an obscure four-part comic that put together Dracula and Jack the Ripper in the same space. As soon as I heard that idea, I thought it would be a genius idea for a movie. In it Jack the Ripper is actually a hero who's trying to stop a vampire invasion in England. I'm totally obsessed with getting this made at the moment. Hopefully we'll have a script by the end of the summer for it."

There you have it, folks. The official lowdown on several projects we've been talking about for quite some time now. What are your thoughts? There's a comments section below. USE IT!

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macready's picture

escape from la isnt so much bad as just way too heavy on composites and shitty cgi effects.

its like he tried to hard to fit in a version of everyone that we loved from the first one.

bruce campbell is awesome in this though.


Submitted by macready on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 5:41am.

Devastated.

I seriously prayed that a remake of Escape From New York would never see the light of day. For a while it looked like my prayers were answered. It was meant to come out a few years ago (apparently with Gerard Butler as Snake - hmmm), but it thankfully fell apart. Now it is back to torment me.

Apart from being my favorite film of all time, I can't understand why Hollywood feels the need to remake things (well, I can. Clearly it is $$$$). It kills me. It is just another example of our pop culture being cheapened.

It kills me so much that this is the first time I have ever felt compelled to contribute to a blog / forum.

Was the original such a terrible film that it needed to be re-made? Was John Carpenter such a hack that he failed in bringing his vision to the screen. Did Kurt not nail the role of Snake?

Is the point of the remake just to see a better plane crash?

I doubt the new EFNY, will be re-imagining such as Carpenter's The Thing. In other hands maybe it could be. However, Eisner is the director's equivalent of a covers band - hello remakes of The Brood, The Crazies, Escape, etc. Seriously, I can't believe that someone can make a career out of specializing in remakes - get your own ideas. I mean do you see Cronenberg wanting to remake anyone's films?

If a film like Sahara is as original as Eisner gets, then G-d help EFNY. Nothing personal, I am sure he would do a better job than me, but it doesn't fill me with confidence.

So come on Eisner and all you other director hacks, I challenge you to have your own ideas. Even if you make $200 million from your remake, I'll stick to the original.

What a disgrace.


Submitted by ESR on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 3:20am.
macready's picture

you know, i liked the crazies. but there is no need for an escape remake.

id take a prequel though.


Submitted by macready on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 9:08pm.
Vanvance1's picture

I'd rather see John Carpenter and Kurt Russell take one more crack at an Escape From New York sequel. Escape from LA suffered from a weak script.

I don't see why an aging snake wouldn't work. Making it younger doesn't make it better. That's only true for naked women (over the age of 18, relax).


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 1:41am.
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Steve Barton's picture

I still wake up at night in a cold sweat trying to fight off memories of Escape from LA. LOL


Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 9:14pm.
Vanvance1's picture

It really was a mess, but an entertaining one (like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).

I wouldn't mind another sequel. Just keep Kurt in front of the cameras rather than pen poised over the script.

P.S. I'm flashing back to the slowly moving hang glider... ugh.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 4:05am.

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