John Carpenter Gave the ‘Escape from New York’ Remake His Blessing

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.

Source: ScreenRant

  • Raiden

    I think this video sums up my opinion on the topic of remakes

  • Sailor Monsoon

    I heard he was taller

  • Sailor Monsoon

    John Carpenter’s best film is a remake

  • Raiden

    In Zombie’s Defense? Basically he knew they were gonna remake the movie with or without him. So he figured ‘this is my favorite movie, if someone else does this it’s gonna COMPLETELY suck. At least this way I can mitigate the damage.”

    Also, House Of 1000 Corpses really messed me up as a kid.

  • Raiden

    Yeah. . . Carpenter has always been high on his own political BS. But in recent years he’s drank so much of the Kool-Aid.

  • Raiden

    Why is this getting remade anyways? It’s always gonna be compared to the much superior original. Did we learn nothing from Robocop, Total Recall, and Ghost In The Shell?

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  • Indianamcclain

    Isn’t that to be expected from an Escape From New York film though? I remember Escape From L.A having a good amount of political humor, and jokes about L.A culture.

  • King Alvarez

    Here’s your paycheck… Here’s my blessing.

  • King Alvarez

    Ooooh I forgot about that one.

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    Didn’t Escape From New York already get a remake? I believe it was called Lockout.

  • William Dhalgren

    I heard he was dead.

  • William Dhalgren

    I can only imagine the asinine political subtext this remake will come with. No thanks to the remake, to Rodriguez, to Hollywood, to all of it. Bye.

  • NOPE!

  • Didn’t Carpenter also give Rob Zombie his blessing?

    Either way, I actually think an Escape remake has potential, but not in the hands of Rodriguez.

  • DropYourLinen

    No, Kurt isn’t too old. A grey-haired Plissken would be perfect right now. This is like remaking Beetlejuice or Ace Ventura. There’s only one Juice, there’s only one Ace, and there’s damn sure only one Snake.

  • It seems really pointless to remake this one…
    The story itself is very basic and kind of dumb to be honest, the thing that sets it apart is Carpenter’s direction and score and Kurt Russell’s legendary bad-assitude