Escape from New York is probably one of my favorite films of all time. As much as it infuriates, excites, and scares the bejeezus out of me all at once, an Escape from New York reboot has been in pre-production hell for years.
Many actors, directors, and screenwriters have come and gone. This includes Snake Plissken possibles such as Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner, Timothy Olyphant, and Tom Hardy (who went on to reboot Mad Max).
Well, fans of the most cynical anti-hero to ever hit the screen can now jump for joy or squirm in eternal disgust. Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures has announced they’ll be teaming up with Studio Canal to make the second trip into Manhattan. The film seems to be a reality now, but they are taking a very different direction than typical reboots.
According to Deadline, Silver plans to build a trilogy of films around the property. Using the strategy from Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), the trilogy will start with a prequel (presumably) telling the story that led to the original film. As all true fans know, this would be the robbery of the Federal Reserve.
Whatever Silver and Studio Canal pull out of the hat, Breck Eisner – the last director attached to the reboot – maintains that a modern Escape From New York could say something important. I agree, but it's hard to imagine anyone other than Kurt Russell playing the lead. I've maintained for some time that the only other actors with the correct attitude would be Vin Diesel. Sure, he doesn't quite look like Plissken, but I think he's proved that he could pull it off.
I say Kurt Russell or bust. What do you think?