Last February it was announced just days after closing the deal to write and direct The Invisible Man, Leigh Whannell was going to tackle a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York.
And today we have an update on the project from Whannell himself.
He shared with ComicBook.com: “It’s funny, I’ve been so busy working on this film where I haven’t had time to circle back around on that project Sometimes these press releases go out before you’re ready, you’re like, ‘Don’t tell the world!’ I don’t actually know, I really don’t. That is an iconic character and I think that Snake Plissken is a part of people’s childhood and their adolescence. It’s near and dear to them. So I would tread very carefully with that.”
He adds: “I feel like a property like that doesn’t have the same freedom as maybe something like The Invisible Man does. He has more elasticity as a character because so many people have had their fingerprints on that. There’s been TV shows and comic books, whereas with Escape from New York, we’re talking about one definitive movie here and you don’t want to mess with it.“
He adds: “We’ll see what happens.”
When asked if he thinks Kurt Russell’s son, Wyatt Russell (Overlord), should be cast as new Snake Plisskin, Whannell said: “That seems like the obvious thing to win the fans over.”
THR reported last year that Whannell will write the remake and while there is no deal for him to direct, the door is open for that possibility. On top of all that, it’s said that Whannell’s vision for the project will retain elements of the original but bring new ideas to the table.