Joel Silver and Studio Canal to Escape From New York
Hey! 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.
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