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‘Escape From New York’ Will Be a Prequel (Exclusive)

There are new details surfacing behind Twentieth Century Fox reboot of John Carpenter‘s 1981 cult-classic Escape From New York, but there are two very important elements that are missing from the reports. First, and more importantly, it’s going to act as a prequel to Carpenter’s film, while the second, which could be changed by the time filming begins, is that Snake Plissken will not have eye eyepatch. Those are exclusive details that Bloody Disgusting can share first.

In other news, TheWrap is reporting that Neal Cross, creator of the BBC crime series “Luther,” beat out several writers to win the writing job, and delivered a first-draft in late October. The original Dystopian action film, as they explain, starred Kurt Russell as eye-patched, wisecracking Plissken, a prisoner enlisted to save the president of the United States after his plane crashed on a future Manhattan-turned-maximum security prison. Carpenter directed the film, which he co-wrote with Nick Castle. Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Lee Van Cleef and Adrienne Barbeau co-starred.

The prequel is to reboot the franchise much like Fox did with Planet of the Apes, setting up a trilogy that leads into the classic film, but is also in canon.

Here’s 10 revelations they shared from the latest screenplay:

1. Snake Plissken’s real name.

Plissken in the previous two “Escape” films didn’t have a name, but now he does: He’s Colonel Robert “Snake” Plissken.

2. Our bad guy won’t be the Duke of New York.

Instead, he’s the lean, intensely charismatic Thomas Newton, the playboy heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation. Five years ago, he decided to donate his entire fortune. Sounds like a good guy, right? He’s not.

3. The role originated by Lee Van Cleef will now be played by a woman.

The film will introduce us to CIA Deputy Executive Director Roberta Hauk.

4. New York City isn’t a maximum security prison.

Weird, right? Because New York being a prison was kind of crucial to the whole “escape from New York” concept. In the reboot, New York is breathtakingly lovely. Manhattan is the island we know, but with more towering glass structures and a high, undulating glass wall. The sky is alive with drones as serene as bees, and artificial intelligence controls all in the form of an ethnically ambiguous, cheery young woman called April. A small staff of technicians and researchers known as “Seers” monitor all.

5. The remake doesn’t start in New York City.

The original “Escape” film deleted the opening scene that showed how Snake Plissken was apprehended. The new version won’t. Its set in another major city, one not in the United States.

6. The film imagines a world in chaos. 

Globally, one in every seventy five human begins is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

7. A hurricane is coming. 

It’s called Superstorm Ellery.

8. April’s security won’t be as good as everyone hoped.

That will make the whole city vulnerable.

9. Snake has only eleven hours to complete his mission.

In the original film, he had 22 hours. Plissken’s mission is to bring in Newton alive.

10. Newton has a failsafe.

It’s a mysterious device called Fat Boy — an ominous, dull metal sphere about the size of a car, in a nest of conduits and cabling.



  • Braker

    Yeah, so like, we’ve known his “real” name for a bit.

  • His name is “S.D. Bob Plissken”. It’s stated in the first movie.

  • oh_riginal

    Hey, it’s not April, so knock it off with the April Fool’s gags already!

    Maybe I’m just missing something, but how can the reboot be in continuity with the original movie AND have a crucial character from that film be gender-swapped? Doesn’t that contradict the whole point of the reboot being a prequel??

    • That’s what I was thinking unless there’s some bizarre sex change subplot…which honestly, I’d be all for.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Got news for the producers – it’s not canon.

    It is however, an incredibly shit idea.

  • Simon Allen

    I’m trying to care ….but it’s not happening .
    Love the original though .

  • No one wants this. No one. Fuck this bullcrap.

  • Mehliens

    Russel and Carpenter not involved? NO FUCKING DEAL

  • marklola12 .

    This will flop big time for the simple fact that while the original has a cult following…not that many people now will have seen the movie to know about it, they are better off just remaking it from scratch

  • Daucus Karota

    This is the coolest thing they could have done. Anytime someone told Snake, “I thought you were dead,” I always wondered what happened before. Why is the the most wanted man? Whats this “gunfighting for profit” in New Vegas Thailand? All that stuff that happens outside of the Escape.. scenario I think could be a cool avenue to explore.

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  • Munchie

    No gays? No transgenders or non-binaries? #boycott

  • Werewolf

    Would much rather see an elder Kurt Russell “Snake” tear shit up than a suckass retcon job. I always pictured him in mind as an older, retired fellow who owns a bar trying to live a normal life who happens to have a really fake looking glass eye…

    Who gets pissed on by megalomaniacal street thugs and their criminally insane cult leader bosses until he gets pissed off enough to pop it out, put his patch back on, and destroy their entire god damn civilization.

    Now THAT would be a film people would like. Flush this other shit.

  • Darin Tino

    Where do I start on this? Just so many things wrong.

    By my count we’ve got prequels to Die Hard, Robin Hood, Leatherface (2nd one), Alien (of sorts) and now this terribly transparent attempt, which by the sound of it, tosses out everything great about the original. But what a bargain given by the alleged writers. Replacing everything the fans love with something entirely different? It’s about time we finally learned Snake Plissken’s name? Why?

    Speaking of Plissken, don’t these jackholes know there is no Snake Plissken without Russel. Some boots (nice boots chief) are too iconic to fill. End of story.

    One last thing. Anyone remember when studios made movies, they didn’t get all ahead of themselves declaring a trilogy before a single frame of the first one in the can. How about this, let the audience decide if they want more

  • Merk!!!

    How about making a Metal Gear Solid movie! Instead of rebooting movies….

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