Messing with Memories: ‘Escape From New York’

Title: Escape From New York
Original Release Date: July 10, 1981
Potential Remake Date: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011

Could 2011 be the Year of the Snake?

Snake Plissken is on the fast track yet again, according to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. For those who follow film, this may be just another threat, as a remake of the film has been penned by Ken Nolan and Jonathan Mostow. Underworld‘s Len Weisman was first set to direct, but then bailed. And then, of course, there were the rumors that Brett Ratner (shudder) was going to direct. Gerard Butler was famously attached to the project immediately after the success of 300, but decided to stick to dining in hell, not Hell’s Kitchen, and exited the project.

And now, Allan Loeb, whose biggest accomplishment to date is writing the Vegas caper 21, is apparently ready to take it on.  In the piece, New Line execs are said to be “fast-tracking” the picture after reading Loeb’s take on Snake. Apparently, the writer is said to “get” the character without camping him up too much.

Here’s the original’s trailer. Enjoy the memories while they last:

Sources: FirstShowing.net, iesb.net, Ain’t it Cool News, The Vulture, Variety

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3 Comments

  1. I’m hoping this project will fall by the wayside yet again. This just has bad idea written all over it. Now, why don’t they remake ESCAPE FROM LA. That stinky sequel could use facelift.

    • That comment made me laugh. “Stinky sequel” just hit the funnybone. You are right, has John Carpenter leared nothing from letting other get their hands on “Halloween”… or even “The Fog?” He’s even letting his remake of “The Thing” go, which still looks as strong today as it did decades ago.

      • Agreed. THE THING still holds up today and I think may be in fact Carpenter’s masterpiece. I find it interesting that so many of his films are getting the remake treatment. Hell, even THEY LIVE is due – another unnecessary remake but I digress…


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