After being dormant for a long time, it seems the machine is gearing up once again, big time, for the Escape from New York remake. Producer Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes, The Matrix) recently picked up the baton and it seems that he’s moving swiftly to capitalize on the brand, so much so that the New York Daily News is reporting today that the potential replacement for Kurt Russell in the role of Snake Plissken is down to two contenders.
Contender #1: Jason Statham. Star of The Transporter series, Death Race and the recently released Parker.
Contender #2: Tom Hardy. The acclaimed actor who’s appeared in Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road.
Both actors are fine choices, although they will have big shoes to fill given the indelible mark Russell left on the character. For my money, I’d rather see Hardy because I think Statham’s had his shot at remaking a cult classic with the dud Death Race, but I digress.
What do you think, Bastards? Who do you like as Snake, in anyone?