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.
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.
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