Now before we start complaining about the completely unnecessary remake of Escape from New York, let’s all come to the realization that this remake is unavoidable and it’s one of those properties that not only has been in the remake pipeline for a while now, but is one that, if done right, could be kinda cool. Will the remake ever surpass the original? No. Will there be an actor that can pull off what Kurt Russell did? Highly unlikely. Would I want someone, anyone, other than Joel Silver producing this project? Absolutely.
To his credit though, Joel Silver gave us some classic action films from the 80’s (Die Hard, Lethal Weapon). He also gave us the Matrix and smaller movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. But for the most part, the guy who is said to be the inspiration for Saul Rubinek’s Lee Donowitz character in True Romance makes really empty headed films. Do I want my Escape from New York remake to be empty headed? Not really. I want it to be fun and action packed, but that doesn’t mean it’s needs to be Bullet to the Head.
The plan for the remake is to do sort of an origin story, Rise of the Planet of the Apes style and to turn this into a trilogy. When the remake was on the development track a couple of years ago with New Line Cinema, Breck Eisner, the director of The Crazies, was attached and names like Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy were being tossed around to play Snake. With Silver involved now, no word on whether Eisner will be back, but my money is on he won’t. I wouldn’t have a problem with Renner or Hardy playing Snake though. That might lessen the pain when we’re actually watching the remake of Escape from New York in a couple years time.
Let’s all hope for the best on this one. The vision of a Joel Silver produced remake that’s playing in my head isn’t good, but I’ll wait for casting and directing choices before I continue to lower my expectations for this film.