With an Escape from New York remake still in development hell, Kurt Russell, who starred as the iconic Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s 1981 thriller, talked to IGN about his thoughts on remaking the film – and remaking movies in general.
“There’s nothing wrong with the concept of doing something,” Russell told the site of the proposed Escape from New York reboot. “I just think that my only thing about that is, when I think of remakes — and I’ve done remakes that I didn’t think should have been done — I only think remakes make sense if you take an idea that was flawed, a script that was flawed, perhaps they didn’t have enough money to make it correctly, maybe a character or two was not particularly well-played or could be fixed. If it had a problem that you’d say, ‘God, if you just do that, that’s a great movie,’ or, ‘If that movie had so-and-so in it, it could be great! Imagine that with so-and-so in it. Imagine that done this way.’ Then that to me makes perfect sense as to why they would do a remake.” READ MORE
Figures reports that, following their surprise announcement last week, Sideshow finally pulls the covers off their latest 1:6th scale action figure: SNAKE PLISSKEN.
Played by Kurt Russell in John Carpenter’s cult classic film Escape From New York, Snake Plissken is an 80′s action hero many collectors have been clamoring for in this scale. Sideshow’s 12-inch action figure features all of the anti-heroes trademark features, including full abdomen cobra tattoo, eye patch and clothing – muscle shirt and distressed leather jacket, urban camo pants, shin guards and combat boots.
The one-eyed warrior comes complete with an arsenal of modified firepower holstered at his side, toting the USPF-issued submachine gun with detachable silencer, scope and spare mags, his sidearm revolver with scope, and an array of throwing stars. Cigarette in hand, Snake is fully equipped with a radio and homing device – and just so there’s no funny business he’s shackled up with wrist time-clock and tracker. To complete the mission and ensure the survival of the human race, the “Exclusive Edition” will include an additional swap out hand with cassette tape containing the President’s top secret nuclear fusion information.
The Snake Plissken Sixth Scale Figure will be available for pre-order this Thursday October 24th. The regular and Exclusive editions will each be priced at $159.99, with installment payment plans available. READ MORE
It’s the 20th episode of Aural Pleasures and we’re thrilled to actually have made it this long! Jonny and Bill are joined by Bill’s brother Dan for a roundtable discussion about everything under the sun, including Jurassic Park 3D, Evil Dead, Friday The 13th, and more.
The guys also chat some music, including the soundtracks to Halo 4 and Bioshock: Infinite as well as groups like Deftones and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. They also go over the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and figure out which bands Bill is excited to see! (Hint: it’s not Five Finger Death Punch)
Also, keep your ears peeled back for a guest appearance from one of our favorite bands, Tool! All this and a whole lot more, so give it all a listen below! READ MORE
A column where horror and nostalgia meet. Topics range from VHS, Vinyl, repertory screenings and a hodge-podge of anything else horror related that that harkens back to the days of yesteryear.
After talking about VHS last week I figured it would only be logical to discuss vinyl this week. Not just vinyl in general, but specifically the recent rise of re-issued horror and cult soundtracks.
When it comes to horror and vinyl re-issues the name that looms largest is Death Waltz Recording Company. In a little over a year now the company has already re-issued an impressive amount (10 and counting) of cult and horror soundtracks including: Zombi2, Let the Right One In, Donnie Darko, The Devil’s Business, Prince of Darkness, They Live, and Halloween III. I reached out to the patron saint (or should that be sinner?) of horror soundtrack re-issues, Spencer Hickman, the man behind Death Waltz, for a conversation about his company and the state of horror vinyl today.
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A few weeks back we reported that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures had joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a out of Escape From New York. Apparently 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.
Which of course doesn’t sound like the greatest idea. Back when a different version of this remake was in development at New Line with producer Neil Moritz and The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached, names like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy were bandied about to play Plissken. Now, according to the highly dubious Daily News, Hardy is still in the running. Along with Jason Statham.
A source touted as being “close to the producers” says that Statham has the physical build and “proven track record of a leading man.” I’m not sure where that comment comes from since neither of Statham’s last two starring vehicles (Safe, Parker) made much money. And not to get too fan-wanky – but he’s just not right for the part. Sure, Snake Plissken was Kurt Russell dialing his charm down a bit, but there was still something fun about the character internally. Anyway there’s a good chance there’s not one iota of truth to this.
I mean, I guess I’d prefer Tom Hardy since he’s “better” for the part. But we’re talking about a movie that probably shouldn’t exist either way, really.
Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures has joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a retelling of Escape From New York, reports Deadline.
The 1981 John Carpenter original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He’s charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashes 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.
A remake had been attempted not that long ago at New Line with producer Neil Moritz and The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner, with Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy all mentioned as potentials to play Plissken. That effort ended when New Line let the option lapse almost two years ago.
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, says the site.
I’m a writer/director guy. Meaning, moreso than who starred in any given film, I plan my trip to the theater based on who wrote and/or directed it. When I become invested in someone’s creative output, I’ll often follow their “voice” through all kinds of highs and lows, which means finding things to love in their lesser projects. I understand why the public at large doesn’t have the time or inclination to subscribe to this practice (though many more people seem capable of forging this kind of unbreakable alliance with sports teams), but I honestly think it’s an interesting – and compassionate – way to watch films (or listen to music).
Every career has peaks and valleys. In some careers the valleys are more severe and in others the peaks are more triumphant, but they exist. They’re unavoidable from both creative and commercial standpoints. I think it would be fun to examine this from time to time on BD (even though some of the most exciting voices in horror need another film or two under their belt to qualify), with the amount of “Bests” and “Worsts” varying each time.
First up? John Carpenter. I feel like he’s the perfect starting point. Not only does he have a large output, but he’s had one of the more interesting careers in horror, full of ups and downs (and the occasional creative triumph that he was punished for professionally).
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95 years. An Academy Award. Over 200 films and TV shows. Ernest Borgnine had an amazing run and a long, long life. He died today of kidney failure at Cedars Sinai medical center in Los Angeles surrounded by his family. His most famous role, the one that garnered him a Best Actor statue at the Oscars, was 1955′s Marty. He also had notable roles in The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen and McHale’s Navy. His genre entries include Escape From New York, The Devil’s Rain, Willard and Deadly Blessing.
His manager Lynda Bensky told CNN, “It’s a very sad day. The industry has lost someone great, the caliber of which we will never see again. A true icon. But more importantly, the world has lost a sage and loving man who taught us all how to ‘grow young.’ His infectious smile and chuckle made the world a happier place.”
While it’s certainly sad that he’s gone, he led an an impressively long life and had many achievements under his belt. Always inspirational.
On a week where studios announced 4,000 projects that’ll never make it into fruition, Deadline is reporting on one that’s just been dumped (hopefully via e-mail or text).
If eye patch-wearing antihero Snake Plissken is going to slither in a reboot, it won’t be at New Line and Warner Bros. They’ve allowed the option to drop on a remake of Escape From New York that they’ve been developing, meaning that the reboot of the John Carpenter-directed 1981 classic is up for grabs.
The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He’s charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane 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.
New Line and producer Neal Moritz have been working on the reboot, most recently with The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached to direct, and a script by writers that include Allan Loeb and X-Men: First Class scribe Jamie Moss.
The Wrap is reporting this morning that Jeremy Renner, the Oscar-nominated star of The Hurt Locker, will NOT end up in the role of Snake Plissken in New Line’s Escape From New York remake. Breck Eisner (The Crazies) will direct the redo that’s still in very early stages of development. Renner is someone the studio would like to see in the role, but it’sway too early to tell. The new spin to John Carpenter’s 1981 original follows along the lines of the original in which Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell in the original) — an iconic soldier-turned-criminal — is given 24 hours to find the President following the crash of Air Force One.
Update: We’re told this is VERY early and a premature announcement. Some news we’ve been hearing but couldn’t firm up until just now is that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is in close talks to land the lead role of Snake Plissken in Escape from New York, the Breck Eisner-directed remake of John Carpenter’s classic 1981 post-apocalyptic thriller that followed antihero Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell) as he tries to save the President in gang-ruled Manhattan. New Line Cinema’s new spin follows along the lines of the original in which ] Plissken — an iconic soldier-turned-criminal — is given 24 hours to find the President following the crash of Air Force One. Eisner directed The Crazies for Overture. We’ll let you know the second anything becomes official.