Robert Rodriguez Has Been Tapped To Direct ‘Escape from New York’ Reboot And We’re Totally OK With That
Nothing gnaws on the heel of 80’s action nostalgia quite like Bob – Yes, his first name was Bob – Snake Plissken; the eyepatch-sporting tough guy from the films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. Neither good or bad, he’s just an asshole who doesn’t give a f**k about your war, your president… or Hollywood reboots.
Escape From New York is the latest of 80s national treasures getting the reboot treatment. While that is a hard pill to swallow for some, there is some sugar to help the medicine go down. A very pleasing directing has just been attached to direct.
20th Century Fox won a bidding battle for rights to the reboot in early 2015 and now it appears the studio is finally moving froward. According to Deadline, Sin City director Robert Rodriguez is in deal talks to helm Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York.
The original Escape From New York, released in 1981, took place in a dystopian 1997 Manhattan after it had been turned into a maximum security prison. The story centered on Plissken being recruited to rescue the U.S. president (played by Donald Pleasence) after the hijacked Air Force One crashes.
It’s been a few years since Rodriguez has been in the directors seat, his last directing credit being the poorly received Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Since then, He’s been keeping busy focused on his own TV network, El Rey, the From Dusk Till Dawn TV show, and making some moves on the adaptation of anime classic Battle Angel Alita.
In addition to Rodriguez, it has been reported that John Carpenter will be back to the franchise as well, coming on as executive producer.
Rodriguez has just the right kind of sensibilities for a franchise such as this, and with Carpenter makes it just that much more promising.
If they’re going to make another, there’s one important matter… Kurt Russell IS Snake Plissken. Sure he’s much older now but if Stallone can convincingly keep making those Rocky and Rambo movies, Russell can don the eyepatch again. Perhaps, instead of a remake, they should do a sequel named, Escape From Detroit?