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Dan Stevens And More Rumoured For Escape From New York Reboot
Charlie Hunnam and Jon Bernthal also on the wishlist

31 August 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Starlog

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The idea to reboot John Carpenter’s action classic Escape From New York has been rumoured one moment and then shoved back into the realm of myth the next for years now. But Starlog is reporting that Joel Silver’s production company is pushing ahead to make it happen, with a rumoured casting wish list for the new Snake Plissken that includes Dan Stevens, Charlie Hunnam and Jon Bernthal.

This remake has been strolling around the development compound for ages now, snarling at the gatekeepers and crushing cigarette butts beneath its booted feet. Silver, out stumping for Non-Stop earlier this year, likened some of the thinking on the current version to DC video game Arkham City, exploring how Manhattan became the prison we see in Carpenter’s 1981 movie. The idea right now is to feed elements of Snake’s background and the history of New York’s current state into the character via brief glimpses of Snake’s PTSD.

According to Starlog’s sources – which must still be treated as unofficial and therefore firmly in rumour territory – the new treatment has for a long time had more of a team element than ever before, with Snake joined on his endeavours to rescue the stranded US president by Mina, a warzone journalist now living as a scavenger, Cabbie the schizophrenic travel guide (played by Ernest Borgnine in the Carpenter film), Gareth, the last survivor of the President’s security and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime (a version of whom cropped up in the original played by Harry Dean Stanton).

Hunnam is reportedly the top choice, though he’s been filling his film plate up recently with the planned Pacific Rim sequel and a potential role in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adventure, which may make him unavailable. Stevens will, we suspect, move up the list of people's favourites after The Guest arrives and Bernthal, still best known for The Walking Dead, is also a strong contender.

It’s still early days for this take, and none of the details are solid yet. But it appears Silver Pictures is starting to look for a director to tackle what the producer is hoping will kick off a franchise.


Who would be your pick for Snake Plissken?
Downton Dan Stevens
Charming Charlie Hunnam
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First of All...
Do we even need an Escape to New York reboot?!?! More

Posted by Darren47 at 19:07 on 06 September 2014 | Report This Post

Bogus plot!
Why rehash the entire "rescue the President" plot from EFNW? Why bother using the same characters? Absolutely pointless! The Team element also sucks! More

Posted by Wicket55 at 13:22 on 03 September 2014 | Report This Post

This is like recasting Han Solo Know one other than Kurt Russell End of More

Posted by fac51thehacienda at 07:53 on 01 September 2014 | Report This Post

This is like recasting Han Solo Know one other than Kurt Russell End of More

Posted by fac51thehacienda at 07:38 on 01 September 2014 | Report This Post

How about....
Just releasing the original at the cinemas? I'd go and see that, going on the last few remakes, I will avoid this. More

Posted by Roger Roger at 07:06 on 01 September 2014 | Report This Post

No offence to those names mentioned but I still think it should be Gerry Butler. He would be awesome. More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 23:15 on 31 August 2014 | Report This Post

I have an idea
now he's not doing the games that took inspiration from the original film, how about the wonderful David Hayter. He's the only man other than Kurt Russell that should ever be called Snake. More

Posted by RX78 at 18:17 on 31 August 2014 | Report This Post

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