John Carpenter’s Halloween, released in 1978, isn’t the only one of the filmmaker’s past treasures getting the remake treatment. Escape from New York, released in 1981 and starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, and Ernest Borgnine, is also getting a reboot at 20th Century Fox; the film’s being directed by Robert Rodriguez from a script penned by Neil Cross.
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Cross recently spoke to Deadline about a number of projects he’s got cooking, including Escape from New York. While details are still nebulous, he claims that Carpenter has read the script and has given the reboot his stamp of approval.
“It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need. You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.”
We’ll keep our ears to the ground to bring you additional Escape from New York reboot news as details emerge. Stay tuned! In the meantime, you can check out the trailer and synopsis for the original Escape below.
Official Synopsis: In 1997, a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.