Another Escape From New York?
'Re-telling' trilogy planned
If you look up ‘Badass Snake Plissken’ in the Big Book Of Iconic Movie Characters there is only ever a picture of Kurt Russell next to it. But that undisputed fact isn’t stopping another team from having a crack at reworking John Carpenter’s cult sci-fi favourite Escape From New York. Joel Silver and StudioCanal are the brave souls trying this time, braver still for the fact that they apparently want to attempt a trilogy based around Carpenter’s film.
The new plan calls first for a prequel that will dig into the time leading to Snake’s mission to rescue the President from a dystopian Manhattan, which has been abandoned/converted into a huge maximum-security prison. Figuring on a Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes idea, we���d guess they’d also show some of Snake’s back story. Though, if we’re honest, we’re not sure we need to explore that.
Still, if it works, it could be amazing - but that’s a big 'if'. Companies – especially New Line, with its long-gestating attempt to put the likes of Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner into the eyepatch – have tried before without success. And adapting Carpenter’s movies hasn’t exactly led to a bumper crop of new material. But we’ll wait and see what happens this time.