Breck Eisner Updates Us On Escape From New York
Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is working hard on his update for Escape From New York. He is extremely excited about remaking the 1981 cult classic. According to Brent the original was a commentary on urban decay based on the New York of the 70's. Now that the Big Apple has changed quite a bit, he wants to look at "the idea of discovering this movie through a completely different set of eyes in a different decade." He does realize that a remake of this kind is very dangerous.
The director also mentions a former co-worker of his that might be up for the role of Snake Plissken.
"I wouldn't say that I am a big fan of John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.. Kurt Russell surfing? That just gets me every time. But certainly, there is a risk involved with remaking Escape from New York. I read the script, and it is really good. We are doing a polish on it. But I really like the script."
"There are a lot of places in that movie where its obvious that Carpenter wanted to do bigger and better, and cooler things. He couldn't, because he couldn't afford that. We can do that now. The other thing, I think, that is missing from the original Escape from New York is the identity and the recognizability of New York. The New York sets were all shot in St. Louis after a big fire rendered a bunch of warehouses uninhabitable. Aside from a few establishing, lower-end matte shots, that New York is not often there. It's just these random, obscure warehouses. My idea, which I am really excited about, is making sure every location is clearly identifiable as the real New York City. A repurposed New York City."
In his interview with MovieWeb, Breck is asked about teaming back up with Timothy Olyphant who is in the running to play the lead role of Snake Plissken:
"Creatively, he would be great for it. We have not yet discussed internally within the studio who will play Snake Plissken. There are many factors that go into those discussions. First and foremost, obviously, is the creative one. We can't make the movie unless we get the perfect Snake Plissken, and that's a tall order. There are very few guys that could do it. He would definitely be one of the guys who could. There is no question about that."
DogsOfWar-Well, there you have it. How do you feel about the remake and would Timothy Olyphant make a good choice? Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads up on this one.
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