Joel Silver and Studio Canal to Escape From New York

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Joel Silver and Studio Canal to Escape From New YorkHey! We bet you thought all that business about a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York was over and done with! We’re talking about Hollywood, man! Nothing ever stays dead.

Deadline is reporting that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures has joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a retelling of Escape From New York.

In the original 1981 John Carpenter film, Kurt Russell starred as Snake Plissken, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that had been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He was charged with rescuing the President (Donald Pleasence), who was being held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashed 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.

Silver is planning an entirely new take on the material. The goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes restarted that franchise.

Keep your one eye peeled for more.

Joel Silver and Studio Canal to Escape From New York

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  • Terminal

    And here come the fifty news reports all over the net about possible casting rumors for the new Snake. Heaven help us.

  • kiddcapone

    It took me 16 years of pretending Escape from LA ever existed before I decided enough time had passed that maybe my anger and disappointment had dissipated to a manageable level. I bought the Blu Ray from the 5 dollar Best Buy discount bin.

    After my 2nd viewing, I’ve got to say, I still loathe the film. It’s the height of lazy pathetic filmmaking. Carpenter took an amazing cult classic film and arguable one of the greatest anti-hero characters ever portrayed in a film and turned both into a cheesy campy insulting cartoonish satire of itself. All he did was white-out the NY script and replace it with a new badly rendered CGI location, cringe-worthy juvenile dialogue, and new lame characters that were all nothing short of eyeball rolling vomit educing stereotypes.

    There’s nothing they could possibly do since 1996 that can possibly make the situation any worse. A remake? A trilogy? Bring it on. Once you have Snake Plissken shooting hoops and surfing with hippies, you can’t go anywhere else but up. They could seriously put Snake playing the new Duke of NY in a game of Electronic Battleship and defeating the new Ox Baker in a game of miniature golf and it wouldn’t be any lamer than anything in Escape from La.

  • Uncle Creepy

    Because you know… we need another trilogy.

    • jkincer

      Actually we do need a trilogy, we need Kurt Russell and John Carpenter to make Escape from Earth. Even with all of its flaws (stupid sub-plots and dumbass surfing) Escape from LA was at least cheesy fun, I just can’t see me excepting anyone else in the role of Snake other than Russell. It’s not like he’s physically unable to do it again? And there can NEVER be another Duke of New York.

      I’m guessing this is going to be “a gritty retailing” and ” something closer to whatever flick is popular at the time the script is finished”?

      • Uncle Creepy

        With the exception of the cool ass shut off the world ending, Escape from L.A. gave me almost as bad of a headache as Ghosts of Mars did.

        • jkincer

          No love for Bruce Campbell’s over the top surgeon? The movie definitely suffered from a sloppy script and terrible special effects but as bad as Ghosts of Mars???? Come on, at least in LA we didn’t have to suffer through Ice Cube’s horrible acting. I would be much more inclined to plot down my $10 to give them a chance for redemption than to watch Colin Farrell or Karl Urban sulk around with an eye patch in a cgi snore fest.

          • Uncle Creepy

            No not really, though the surgeon was an interesting idea. It just seemed like a poor man’s Escape from New York. Everything was so similar, and, man, the CGI was some of the worst ever.

    • Masked Slasher

      Rob Zombie should direct this. Then he could cast William Forsythe as the guy who literally skull fucks Snake’s eye from its socket.