Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Escape from New York - Remake

After the remakes of The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 the upcoming Halloween and possible remake of the The Thing, it seems another John Carpenter oldie is about to get the remake treatment.

The rumour is that Gerard Butler hot off 300 is due to star as Snake Plissken in the remake being produced by Neal Moritz and written by Ken Nolan who wrote the screenplay for Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down a few years back. Now this whole remake thing is seriously getting beyond a joke, up until a year or so ago there was rumours of a 3rd Snake Plissken adventure Escape from Earth with Kurt Russell reprising his role, Kurt Russell has said that Snake was his favorite role and now he's going to get to see someone else play him. I just wish Hollywood would adapt something else like Novels or Comic Books before turning to perfectly good films that don't need a remake. You'll never better Ernest Borgnine as Cabbie, Adrienne Barbeau as Maggie, Isaac Hayes as The Duke of New York, Harry Dean Stanton as Brain, Lee Van Cleef as Bob Hauk, Donald Pleasence As The President, Frank Doubleday as Romero and finally Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.

8 comments:

allen said...

Couldn't agree more. Escape is a classic. I am so tired of remakes and all. It's almost as if Hollywood has no original ideas anymore...

paulhd said...

Yup, totally agree with every word.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

There's films like Judge Dredd which were adapted badly from the original material which is crying out to be done properly by someone,infact a lot of the 2000AD comic stories such as Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper, Slaine etc... would make cool movies, in the right hands of course !!!!

I. N. J. Culbard said...

This is nuts! Where is the demand for this exactly?

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I'd say John Carpenter's wallet probably !!

DanO said...

i caught an interview with John Carpenter and he just seems completely apathetic and jaded to the core with hollywood at this point. it just seems to me that he's thrown his hands in the air and said "do whatever you want... and oh yeah, PAY me."

I'm not surprised Kurt Russell says its his favorite role, its the one that revived his career. In related news, i'm completely stoked that Kurt is bakc playing a bad ass in Tarrantino's "Grindhouse". He has dabbled for too long in the mainstream muck.

but yeah - an Escpae From New York remake. its just keeps getting more and more retarded. Pop will eat itself.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

He's a had a very up and down career Carpenter,he did some really big studio films in the mid 80's afetr starting low budget then evryone thought that his low budget work might be a return to form but most of his recent films have been pretty poor, he's directing a new film now called Psychopath for 2008,the plot sounds very Manhunter !

Michael G Clark said...

I've only heard bad things about the Carpenter remakes, his stuff (like so many original works)shouldn't be remade. Even the original music for Escape from New York, gets me all goosebumpy.

I do like the idea of a Dredd remake though, but I wonder if it would tie in with the ABC Warriors film I have in my head?