“There was a videogame that came out a few years ago called Arkham City,” explained Silver, which shows how Gotham became this walled prison.
“And they never deal with that in the story of Escape From New York,” he continued, “so part of our idea was to see how the city became this walled prison and how the Snake Plissken character was a hero and how he became not looked at as a hero. And then, in the middle of the story, would be the movie that we previously saw about the President’s daughter goes down, [and] he has to go in and get her.
“And then they did a sequel, Escape From LA, but I would like to then find a way to have New York go back to a place that we’d like to see what it is today.”
Silver previously described the trilogy as being similar in structure to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, so it makes sense to open with a prequel, before then retelling the original story (if they must…).
Abandoning Escape From LA is an interesting move though. While the movie has its fans, its departure from the original tone was awkward for many, and it proved to be a massive box-office flop. It’s here and in the prequel that Silver’s Escape From New York franchise really has the most to gain.