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Writer Updates on ‘Escape from New York’ Reboot; Carpenter Approved the Script

We learned back in March that Robert Rodriguez would be the man in charge of bringing Snake Plissken back to the screen for  Twentieth Century Fox’s Escape from New York reboot, with Neil Cross (“Luther”) penning the script. We’ve been told it’s a prequel to John Carpenter’s film, and we have a bit of an update for ya today.

Speaking with Deadline, Cross reveals today that not only has Carpenter read the script, but he’s also given it the green light.

Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting,” Cross told the site. “It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need.”

Cross continued, “You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.”

Last we heard, Carpenter will executive produce the prequel/reboot, which the studio hopes will launch a brand new, Planet of the Apes-like franchise.

The original was set in a futuristic Gotham circa 1997. Kurt Russell of course played Snake Plissken, an eyepatch-sporting tough guy who is conscripted to rescue the President of the United States after Air Force One — en route to a summit that could head off World War III — goes missing after it crashes in New York, which has been relegated to a maximum security prison. Plissken, a former special forces operative convicted of trying to rob the Federal Reserve, is given 22 hours to liberate the president and a tape he carries which holds the key to peace. If he fails, he’s wired to explode.

Escape From New York



  • Jay Bennett

    Sorry everytime I hear that Carpenter approved a script I just think of that article saying anyone can remake his movies as long as I get paid

    • The Drucifer

      That is exactly what he’s saying, lol.

    • He’s “executive producing” in the sense of “cashing checks between bong hits and video games.”

      • Kristoffer Groves

        Good for him. He’s earned the right to do that.

        • Hear, hear. Although I shouldn’t ignore all the musical work he’s been doing lately. I saw him play live a few years ago, and his albums have been great. It’s not like he’s actually been sitting on his ass lately!

      • Jay Bennett

        “Hey John what about this-”
        “You havent heard my idea”

  • As long as he’s getting paid, I don’t think Carpenter cares. The only exception to this would be the upcoming Halloween, which he only became involved in after he was disappointed by the Rob Zombie films.

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  • sedoi

    Can’t imagine this being good. but well, wonder do happens sometimes.

  • zombie84_41

    Who will play Snake ?

    • Creepshow

      As if you had to ask. Johnathan Schaech of course.

      • Saturn

        Perfect choice.

        Bad Guy : “I heard you were dead…..”

        Schaech Pliskin “I hear that a lot…..”

        • Santos L Halper

          with Schaech on board, the movie writes itself!

          • Saturn

            Interior : Night :

            A handsome man walks into the dimly lit room.
            He speaks softly “let loose the dogs of hell…”
            We hear chains rattle in the near distance and the sounds of rabid howling, while bloods drips down his face.
            Another, much more handsome man, is tied to a chair.
            Gently rocking in the chair he smiles and glances at the first man, while laserbeams burst out of his eyes and tear through the first mans face.
            He smiles and speaks to nobody, but everybody “no one is more handsome than Schaech Pliskin bitch!”.

            Fade to end credits.

      • zombie84_41

        yes he will be great

    • Teddy Baddstreet

      I always thought Wyatt Russell would have been a great candidate. He can act and looks enough like his dad to pass as a younger Snake.

      • zombie84_41

        that be cool What movies has he been in?

        • Teddy Baddstreet

          The two most notable roles I remember him from are from the movie “Everybody Wants Some” and his appearance in the Season 3 episode of Black Mirror called “Playtest” The BM episode is definitely worth the watch. The movie previously mentioned? Not so much.

          • zombie84_41

            i love black mirror i didnt like everybody wants some at all

    • ShadowInc

      I’d like to see Josh Holloway (Sawyer from LOST) play Snake.

      • zombie84_41

        Hey I was thinking the same thing. Or maybe the dude from stranger things daiv harbour

        • ShadowInc

          I seem to recall Charlie Hunnam (SONS OF ANARCHY) was being considered for the role, and then, Gerard Butler. I’m glad neither of those happened.

          • zombie84_41

            butler used to be good then idk what happen

    • spidergod91

      Timothy Olyphant I hope.

      • zombie84_41

        thats who i was thinking of thank you i was like wtf was his name

  • DaddyKo

    Carpenter will approve anything for a price. I’m interested but recasting Snake is going to be impossible.

  • Travis_Bickle

    Reboot? For real can’t we just make new movies? I’m not sure why that’s so hard.

    • Mecha

      Because Hollywood has run out of imagination for new stories.

      • Travis_Bickle

        We get new and original movies every year. It’s not for a lack of ideas, it’s more being lazy and just trying to cash in on known IP. It’s lame.

  • ShadowInc

    Carpenter’s seal of approval is pretty meaningless at this point. The guy just doesn’t give a shit anymore. Send him a check, and he will approve of whatever abortion is made from his source material.

    • This is true, sadly. He even justified it saying ‘I’m a capitalist and I love money’. I don’t trust Carpenter with preserving his legacy and neither should anyone else after seeing some of the terrible Halloween movies made with his permission.

  • I Am Colossus

    I’m excited for this …..Carpenters Escape films are better conceptually than they actually are to watch. Yep, you read that shit

    • Mecha

      You didnt like ESNY? While dated now, its still a fun movie. That is one of my all time favorite films. ESLA was just ok. I felt it was a bit soft in certain areas. The end with the sword of damocles weapon was neat though.

      • I Am Colossus

        Ok, you got me there….like I said, his concepts are awesome, his casts are awesome, his scores are the shit, but when it comes to making certain things GS work, hes too far ahead of himself and something always feels flat….but that’s moreso for the sequel than the original

    • Tony Sola

      The action was pretty weak, no doubt. But the apocalyptic representation of NYC, especially on an early 80’s shoestring budget was amazing. And the cast was unforgettable, from the Duke of New York, to Cabby, to Kurt Russel’s Snake. And some of the most iconic synth score ever put to film. Escape from LA however is painful to watch, so I don’t.

  • ShadowInc

    I wonder if Norman Reedus might be an interesting choice to play Snake Plisken.

    • Otterlee

      Possibly, or Scott Eastwood?

  • spidergod91
  • spidergod91

    Have they said if it’s remaking the New York story line, seriously don’t remake shit please or even another “escape from” story, just do a Snake Pliskon film with him being a anti goverment criminal. Maybe a heist film.

  • Tony Sola

    The U.S. was already at war with China and the Soviet Union. The summit was a way to end the war (somehow) and Chris Evans as Snake, please.

  • James Allard

    Who should play Snake?
    Shia Le Bouf

    Danny McBride? Seth Rogen?

    Someone that will bring all of the power to the role…. as Hollywood seems to think “power” is defined…

  • Jolly Roger

    Snake Plissken? I heard he was dead.

  • Carl Chrystan

    Five letters: G-R-O-A-N. And that’s enough of that! Off to another article!

  • gjk2012 .

    If Kurt Russell isn’t playing Snake Plissken again, I don’t care about this.

  • “The original was set in a futuristic Gotham circa 1997.”


    • Michael M

      Gotham is a sometimes-used nickname for New York City.

      • Ah! Somehow I feel I should’ve known that…. Thanks for clearing it up. 🙂

  • Michael M

    Robert Rodriguez attached to direct?! Oh man, this will be an easy pass for me then.

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    That might actually not be a bad idea because all these other people making a fan cast spitbaling ideas for just some scruffy badass-type dude to play Snake, never understood who Snake Plissken was for Kurt Russell at the time and the point of the character.

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    Why not just make a third film with Russel?

    He still looks great and a bearded badass Snake would be awesome.

  • Kristoffer Groves

    Carpenter approved the script, ie the studio’s check cleared.

    • Mark

      yep it was on here I read he said something along the lines of as long as he gets paid hes not bothered what people do with remakes etc lol

  • IWC-3PO

    Will Rose McGowan play Snake Plissken? Will she have a tiny machine gun in her empty eye socket?

  • Baron Tentecula

    I don’t know how excited I am about Senor El Rey in the drivers seat with this one. I really want to be excited but I’m not sure he can pull of the mood of the original. Hell Carpenter couldn’t even do it when he tried. Walter Goggins as a younger Harold (Brain) would work. Snake is a little harder for me to imagine in a younger actor. Norman Reedus maybe. I’m preparing to be disapointed.

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