A remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 hit Escape from New York has been in development hell for the better part of a decade. Robert Rodriguez is set to direct the remake, and screenwriter Neil Cross has revealed that John Carpenter has approved of his remake script:
“Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting. It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need. You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.”
Now let’s not think that Carpenter’s blessing means this remake might turn out to be the next best thing since sliced bread. After all, director’s are known to play nice with sequels/remakes of their works to drum up interest (*cough* Cameron and Genisys *cough*).
Escape from New York didn’t exactly light a fire in my heart the first time I watched it, and I believe there’s a lot that a remake can do to flesh out the story. Kurt Russell is a damn fine actor however, and it will be tough to fill his shoes. Names like Russell Crowe, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth have been thrown around, but, hell, is Kurt Russell too old to reprise the role? If not, Renner or Hemsworth would be my picks.
We’ll keep you updated on any future Escape from New York remake developments.