In case you haven't heard, 20th Century Fox is going full speed ahead with a reboot of the 1981 sci-fi classic #EscapefromNewYork. Now, I personally don't think it's necessary, but I'm not a big fan of reboots in general.
The Reboot Dilemma
The only reboots that have creatively done it for me were TV reboots: Fargo, Bates Motel, and From Dusk Till Dawn the Series. These shows are very well written, and capture the spirit and the magic of the source film. The key to Bates Motel is the casting of Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates. I had serious doubts ANYONE could pull off that role, but he's knocking it out of the park.
The reason this news has me excited is word that #RobertRodriguez is in talks to direct the film. He is, in my mind, the perfect choice for this project. He "gets" the type of film that needs to be made here, because he is a master of the grind-house style.
Assuming he gets the gig, the next, and by far the most important step, is casting the lead. The great #KurtRussell, who played the ultimate antihero Snake Plissken in the first two movies, has said more than once he is NOT at all interested in reprising the role. That's a crying shame because that would be awesome! Here are some of Kurt's memories from the making of the movie:
So, who would be the best man to take over? I immediately thought of three actors, but it's just that: my opinion. Whether they would be interested or available is another story. Let's get to it!
3. Josh Brolin
He is a known quantity to Rodriquez, having worked with him on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as Planet Terror. And he played an antihero in Jonah Hex as well.
He's a big name, and since studio execs are looking for this to be a franchise, they could definitely do worse than Brolin.
2. Tom Hardy
Now we're talking! Tom Hardy has carved out the role of ultimate badass in Hollywood these days, coming off his huge role as James Delaney in the hit FX show Taboo. And, of course, he did have a couple of other "minor" roles you may remember — Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, and Max in another reboot: the blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road.
The only problem here is maybe he's TOO big a star, added to the fact he has Season 2 of Taboo coming up soon. But hey, we can dream, right?
This leads me to the most logical, best choice to be the new Snake.
1. Norman Reedus
I know he's a world-wide phenom for his amazing role as Daryl in the mega hit The Walking Dead, but if you think about it, his character is VERY similar to Snake. He's a man of action, as well as few words. He's a stone-cold killer, and this "outdoor cat" goes his own way, to hell with everyone else attitude.
I could definitely see him grunting and kicking ass, all while rocking that iconic eye patch. Just picture him in that role; perfect fit, right? He also probably has the time to devote to the project, since he's barely on The Walking Dead anymore. Why wouldn't he want to be the man to lead a possible big time movie franchise? I'm guessing he'd be all in.
So this is random, but I would also LOVE to see Samuel L. Jackson as The Duke of New York, A#1, originally played by Issac Hayes. How cool would THAT be?
So there you go — those are my picks. Do I have it all wrong? Tell me who your ultimate Snake Plissken would be in the comments section!