Escape From New York Remake Gets Wiseman

By Josh Tyler 2007-08-15 00:27:09discussion comments
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The remake train has arrived in New York, and now it wants to escape from it. Variety reports that Live Free or Die Hard and Underworld director Len Wiseman is wrapping up negotiations to helm a remake of the classic John Carpenter directed, Kurt Russell flick Escape from New York. Neal Moritz is producing and Black Hawk Dawn writer Ken Nolan is re-scripting.

While we definitely donít need an Escape from New York remake, if we have to have one then Wiseman has proven an acumen for hard edged action that should serve the movie well. And while nobody could ever replace Russell as Snake Plissken, if someone has to attempt it then Wiseman has the right man to do it. As rumored, 300ís Gerard Butler will be playing Snake.

Letís be honest though. Yes, the original is considered something of a trash classic and is therefore irreplaceable. But have you watched it lately? Carpenterís Escape from New York just doesnít hold up that well and Russellís performance mostly boils down to wearing an eyepatch. Thereís room for improvement here. Itíll be interesting to see what Wiseman and Russell do with it.

As usual even though itís a remake it looks like everyoneís trying to claim itís not to avoid the negative stigman attached to doing one. John Carpenter has already started beating the ďre-envisioningĒ, ďre-imagingingĒ or whatever drum. In an interview with the Suicide Girls he said, ďI donít know that itís a remake. I think itís a lot about Snake before he gets to New YorkĒ.

In case for some strange reason you havenít seen it (and congratulations on avoiding it, basic cable makes that difficult), then hereís a plot breakdown. Escape from New York is about a future in which New York has been emptied of honest folk and turned into a gigantic, maximum security prison.
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