Fox has reportedly won a competitive bidding war for the screen rights to the long in the works remake of director John Carpenter's 1981 classic Escape from New York says Deadline.
The original movie saw hard ass anti-hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) living in a near future totalitarian United States where Manhattan Island has been turned into a maximum security prison and Plissken has one day to rescue the U.S. President (Donald Pleasance) who is being held hostage there.
Russell also starred as Plissken in Carpenter’s 1996 sequel “Escape From L.A.,” set in 2013 that kinda fell flat.
Gerard Butler, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Statham and Tom Hardy have all been linked to play Russell's iconic role at various points in time over the years for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. with Len Wiseman and Breck Eisner attached to direct along the way. The studios let their option expire a number of years ago. The rights then went nowhere at Sudio Canal.
Dan Stevens and Charlie Hunnam were the last names rumored for the lead role, but the new report has dismissed that as "wishful thinking by fans".
No cast or director is in place yet.
Carpenter will return as an executive producer, and
will provide creative input for the film that Fox hopes will launch a new franchise.
Here's what Carpenter said about the remakes of his films last year during an appearance at a screening of Halloween.
"What I do is, I sit on my couch, I extend my hand, and a check drops
[into it]… They remake everything these days, it doesn’t mean anything.
They just remake it because they think that the audience is so stupid
that they won’t go see anything original. They look down on you, don’t
you see that? I just want to get the check, that’s all I give a s**t
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce the new incarnation.