or will play Snake Plissken in the Escape From New York Reboot. It's a fact that we're all just going to have to deal with, whether we like it or not. Throughout all of this, director and the original Snake Plissken, , have remained silent. Until now.
Empire recently caught up with the dynamic duo. If you can believe it -- it's been 17 years since they worked together on Escape from LA. Aside from Russell crushing my dreams saying that he'd never want to play an old Snake, he did have some insightful, interesting things to say about the character and the universe that Carpenter created:
“There are two guys who really do know Snake Plissken and the Escape world,” says Russell. “Number one, John. Number two, me. When it comes to Snake, I can tell you one thing... he’s American. It’s really important that he’s American. There’s a reason why that great fight in the arena [in Escape From New York] is with a baseball bat. That’s American, OK? He knows what he’s doing with that bat in his hand! I thought Gerard Butler was great in 300.
“The problem is not Snake, you can find a good Snake,” continues Russell, before unveiling his grand plan for the franchise. “You gotta get John Carpenter. Escape From New York is just weird because of the way he sees the world, man. He sees it slightly off. It’s his world, it’s a night world. This is his thing.”
Agreed. Carpenter created Plissken's world and I'm actually really sad that he's leaving it -- maybe even more than Russell. In addition to being a master of horror, Carpenter truly paved the way for a lot of original sci-fi in the 80s and 90s. It'll be weird to see his quirky flair replaced by something presumably predictable.
Still, it's far too early in the process to write this off. If the movie fully embraces the darkness and playfulness of the original, it could stand out from the remake pack. I just really hope that it resembles Dredd more than the reboot of Total Recall.