– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It looks like an Escape From New York reboot is on the way. Speaking with Deadline, screenwriter Neil Cross gave an update for the film he’s been attached to to write.

Here’s what Cross had to say:

“Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting. It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need. You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.”

That’s pretty fantastic that they have John Carpenter’s seal of approval on this. Given that he’s the director of the classic, pulpy original, it’s cool to see him give the okay here. Of course, another big project Carpenter has given the approval of is Halloween, and once that movie comes out, we’ll have an idea of just what a seal of approval from Carpenter is worth.

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Escape From New York is based on the 1981 film of the same name. The movie takes place in the dystopian future of 1997, where New York City is one giant top-security prison. When Air Force One crashes in the middle of the city, Kurt Russel’s Snake Plissken is tasked with getting the president out of the city within 24 hours.

We live in an age of filmmaking that celebrates films of old — some may even say the current generations of filmmakers are reverent to a fault. Plus, with all the remakes, reboots, and sequels, some may even say it shows an inherent lack of creativity.

That being said, Escape From New York is an idea that can very much benefit from a modern coat of paint. With today’s visuals, and Rodriguez’s pulpy filmmaking style, it’s a good fit for a unique an fun movie.

Are you excited to see a new Escape From New York? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • Rez

    I originally thought this was a frekin horrible idea to remake this movie but with Robert Rodriguez to direct the film….I’m all in on this remake for sure! If anyone can do this type of movie right it’s him

  • Astroboy3000

    I want a sequel not a remake.

    • Kratos

      how about a requel?

    • Rez

      That would really be the best thing to happen with this and I’m sure Kurt would be on board

    • Bruce Norris

      They should cast one of his sons, they look like him (“SOLDIER”), and make “ESCAPE FROM CLEVELAND”.

  • Alex Mendoza

    Robert Rodriguez???? NOOOOOOO!!! Fuck me get a better director for this…..I like RR but only when he makes his own films…..he’s creative enough for that…but for this??…..we need another director….Pass!

  • J-man The Great

    This movie will flop hard!

  • suckit15694

    “John Carpenter’s seal of approval ”
    Escape from LA was made by him also

  • T-1000

    A seal of approval from John?? What does he always….”whatever..do want you want..just gimme a check.” He’s not invested in its success. For a better opinion, go to the smart fans who still love John’s work.

    • agooseontheloose


  • Lenin1959

    Yeah, just like he greenlit the remake of The Fog back in 2005 and even worked as a producer on that one. Later he said that he had almost nothing to do with it even as a producer. I love most of Carpenter’s work and enjoyed about 50% of the themes on his Soundtracks albums, but when it comes to remakes of his own movies it seems he does not read the script but just the paychecks and then greenlights them.

  • BlackManINC

    How about an ‘Escape from Motor City’ movie? Why must it always be New York and L.A?

  • agooseontheloose

    Getting John Carpenter’s approval doesn’t mean it’s a good script.
    The quicker he approves, the quicker he’ll get the paycheck for allowing them to use his IP.
    God Bless ya J.C.!

  • agooseontheloose

    I think “Escape from the U.S.” or “Escape from Earth” would be more apt for today.

    • Bruce Norris

      “ESCAPE FROM EARTH” would be one Kurt could make now. Like I said above, have his son make “ESCAPE FROM CLEVELAND” and market/show the two together, like a double feature. Rodriguez has done this before.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    I don’t know what actor will be cast to utter the famous
    ‘Call me Snake’, but he’s got some tough shoes to fill. 🙂

    Btw… I’d love to see Idris Elba as The Duke of New York

  • TheOct8pus

    …ugh….what next? A remake of Big Trouble in Little China?

  • Fallout Boy!

    I hope they cast a feman millennial as Snake! Nothing says ‘legit’ like ethnically-ambiguous-gender-liquid! Woo hoo! But change his name to something less triggering… Like Sam… Yeah! Plissken is kind of rough, too… Let’s just go with ‘Sammikins’! And, do they HAVE to ‘Escape’…? Maybe they could just like… You know…’do’ New York…? Like, go shopping and take in a show and get some lattes and gelato? And, and, ok, the movie ends with a selfie in front of the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue! Go, SJW’s of the world!
    ‘Sammikins And Friends Do New York’!
    Summer 2019!

  • underdogchamp

    I don’t know about this. Rodriguez’s re-whatever of Predator was just okay. Not sure he’s the guy to resuscitate Snake Plisken’s cool factor. Escape From L.A. ruined Snake. To me the character’s appeal lay in his mortal shortcomings. He’s like a cross between Will Munny from Unforgiven and Indiana Jones. Snake should have just enuf piss and vinegar to overcome his obstacles. Escape From L.A. transformed him into one of The Incredibles. It’d take a helluva story to come back from that.

  • Adam

    They have to use Kurt to reprise his role. He is irreplaceable!

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.