Looks like that Escape From New York remake that was killed off by New Line Cinema a year ago is going back into development with a new producer at a new studio. Joel Silver is looking to bring the story back to the big screen for Studio Canal.
I'm a big fan of the 1981 John Carpenter classic! It starred a badass Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken. The story follows the tough convict who is dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a crazy violent maximum security prison. Snake is offered a pardon, if he successfully rescues the president, who is being held hostage by the prison kingpin after his plane crashes within the city walls. Snake is also fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline.
When the project was set up at New Line, Crazies director Breck Eisner was going to be developing the film with producer Neil Moritz. When the project was being set up Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Hardy were all up for the role of Snake. But for one reason or another it all fell apart.
They'll be starting from scratch with this new attempt at a reboot. According to Deadline, "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."
I'm not the biggest fan of movies being remade, but if they can actually make another entertaining movie out of this, good for them! I liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes a lot, but thought the recent Total Recall remake was pretty weak. So it will be interesting to see how this turns out.
Is there any kind of excitement for you about seeing this film franchise get a reboot?