‘Escape From New York’ is one of John Carpenter’s best creations. Now, the reboot is underway and plot details have been revealed. Carpenter will serve as an executive producer for the remake, penned by Neal Cross.
Colonel Robert “Snake” Plissken will have 11 hours (originally it was 22) to save the president. No one could replace Sir Issac Hayes as the Duke of New York, so the character won’t be part of the reboot. Instead, we will see a new character named Thomas Newton, a “playboy heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation”.
The film is that the movie starts out in another city before heading to New York. It seems the new version is going to be very different than the original. Per The Wrap:
Because New York being a prison was kind of crucial to the whole “escape from New York” concept. In the reboot, New York is breathtakingly lovely. Manhattan is the island we know, but with more towering glass structures and a high, undulating glass wall. The sky is alive with drones as serene as bees, and artificial intelligence controls all in the form of an ethnically ambiguous, cheery young woman called April. A small staff of technicians and researchers known as “Seers” monitor all.”
Condemned criminal Snake Plissken is dispatched to the island of Manhatten – now a quarantined danger zone – to rescue a female U.S. Senator in danger.
There is no word yet who will play Kurt Russell’s iconic role as Snake Plissken, but it is crucial that they cast someone who can play the bad ass role properly. It will make or break the remake. The film has not yet announced who will be in the director’s chair. The moment we know more we will update you.