Escape From New York remake is still happening

Forget about the Escape From New York remake? Fox hasn’t.

Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken in Escape From New York
Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken in Escape From New York

The Escape From New York remake has been around forever. It’s hard to remember a time when there wasn’t discussion about it. Now, it looks like it might be moving forward (again).

Deadline reports that Fox has won the rights to the John Carpenter classic, which starred Kurt Russell as eyepatch sporting badass Snake Plissken, the convict sent into prison-state New York to rescue the President. The awesome supporting cast included Harry Dean Stanton, Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau and Lee Van Cleef.

Deadline reports that Fox is eyeing a potential new franchise for Snake, which isn’t exactly a surprise.

The good news is that John Carpenter is an Executive Producer on the movie and will “exert creative influence over the project.” The site reports that Carpenter wasn’t involved in previous incarnations, which at various points have been rumoured to star Gerard Butler, Charlie Hunnam and Jeremy Renner as Plissken.

There’s no word on casting, directors or writers but it seems as though Fox is moving determinedly ahead with this. If we had to have a new Snake Plissken, we wouldn’t be averse to The Guest‘s Dan Stevens, but he’s previously denied that he was in the running. Who would you want to see as Snake?

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