Escape From New York
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. (more…)
Here’s one of those remake projects like The Crow that has been on the books for some time, suffering the departure of one creator after the other as studio heads hope that name recognition of an established I.P. means beaucoup bucks at the box office. So here we go again with Escape from New York, pretty much the biggest title from John Carpenter‘s catalogue that has still yet to become a remade. Well don’t worry, somebody’s getting around to it, but you might not like what they’re planning. If you’re thinking that Hollywood can still screw up a sure thing, in the case of Escape from New York, you might be right. Spoilers ahead (possibly). (more…)
Just because Big Trouble in Little China is getting a remake, doesn’t mean there isn’t any love for the original. BOOM! Studios, currently known for handling the excellent comic adaptation of Adventure Time as well as the current Power Rangers comic series, has been on the radar of your average comic-geek for a little while now for both aforementioned series, and it seems like they’re ready to make another splash in a big, John Carpenter-esque kind of way with the newest series they announced on July 11th.
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While there were a lot of rumors floating around last year about a complete reboot and franchise building trilogy of Snake Plisskin films, that was all just smoke and mirrors. The movie rights were still up in the air and it wasn’t until recently that a clear front-runner emerged. Now the smoke has cleared and the rights to Escape From New York have been scooped up by FOX, but what do they plan to do with them? (more…)
It’s been a while since we last heard news about it, but producer Joel Silver is indeed still pursuing his dreams of rebooting the Escape From New York franchise. Some may consider this akin to blasphemy, but rest assured that the project is still a long ways off. In a recent interview with Collider, Silver had a few things to say about the state of affairs, the story and what he hopes to bring to the franchise. Scroll down for all the juicy details. (more…)
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?
This week on this thing that is stellar (aka The Bastardcast): Jeremy and Jason deal with the death of Amanda Bynes Drakenated downstairs corridor, the disappointment that is Denny’s Baconated menu, how to escape the Escape from New York reboot, the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness About The Notion of What Star Trek Was Before JJ Abrams, and a madcap scheme to partially own part of a guy’s face.
These fine gentlemen also talk about the small reason why one particular couple in Taiwan are getting a divorce, the big reason why Jon Hamm is suddenly a social pariah (hint: his new rap names are Ol’ BRICK DICK and Hamm sausage McWiggle), Jason’s wife found him on Twitter, and Jean Claude Van Damme is thinking about doing things to the Marvel Movie Universe.
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In a world of remakes, most of them terribly bad, there are still some things that are best left alone. In my opinion, the classic John Carpenter flick Escape From New York is one of those. But Hollywood has no sense of the sacred and, lo-and-behold, it looks like we may see a new flick, minus one Kurt Russell, coming to theaters in the future.
It’s been in the works for a while, though only existed as a rumor for the most part. Now the project is getting some more steam as Joel Silver, via a collaborative between his Silver Pictures and Studio Canal, pushes forward. And he doesn’t just plan on doing one film, but a whole trilogy in the world of “Escape From…” The first of these films will supposedly be a prequel, but there’s no word on whether they’ll then remake the original as the second film or try to go in some other direction.
Silver says he plans on looking at the property in a more realistic light, creating a version of Escape From New York that would address a real-life scenario about what would happen should a prison be made of the island of Manhattan. Actors are being looked at to replace Russell in the iconic Snake Plissken role, though it’s been a while since the project was last taken seriously and so there’s no word on what’s happening there.
I have only these words for Silver and his band of cronies – the creation of Escape From L.A. was bad enough for fans, do you really need to bring us even more pain? Can we please just let this one die?
Thanks to Screenrant for the heads-up.
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