Aw hell yeah! *kicks over amplifier* NOW, WHO’S READY FOR A REMAKE OF ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK! *feedback squeal, shuffling feet* …Guys? Hey, where’s everyone going?
Breck Eisner, who directed Overtures’ remake of “The Crazies,” is in negotiations to helm the remake of “Escape From New York” for New Line.
The remake has been a top priority for the company, which picked up the rights in March 2007, with Gerard Butler attached to star and Ken Nolan writing the script.
The project then veered into development hell, losing Butler but amassing a penal colony of writers [*mouthfart*], among them Jonathan Mostow and Allan Loeb, and collecting then losing director Len Wiseman.
Eisner’s boarding should bring “Escape” back on track as New Line, sticking with the Loeb draft, tries to mix an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken and merge it with the story of the 1981 original.
That film was set in a futuristic 1997, when Manhattan had been turned into a giant maximum-security prison. The U.S. president’s plane crashed on the island, and Plissken — incarcerated for robbing a federal reserve bank — was coerced into a rescue mission. [HeatVision]
Well I for one think it’s the perfect time for a condemned-guys-fight-for-their-survival movie. I can’t remember the last time I saw one of those. I mean, I know they’ve made like 27 of them, I just can’t remember the last time I actually bothered to see one.