Breck Eisner Updates Us On Escape From New York

Breck Eisner Updates Us On Escape From New York

The director also mentions a former co-worker of his that might be up for the role of Snake Plissken.

By DogsOfWar - Jun 25, 2010 12:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Action

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.

"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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LEEE777 - 6/25/2010, 12:39 AM

[frick] you HOLLYWOOD!

This doesn't need a REMAKE!

Can't touch the original, don't try!
Tobuttica - 6/25/2010, 1:05 AM
Bullshit on that douchebag. They effed over Hitman with him, don't eff over a perfectly fine set of movies. If anyone were to replace him, it should be Sawyer from Lost. Seriously, if they use that guy, they will not get any money from me, nor will I watch it for free on the internet. I cannot stand him.
XmutantX - 6/25/2010, 1:24 AM
Timothy Olyphant is an awsum actor...i dont think he was the flaw in hitman...he's been great in every movie i hav seen him in....(outside of a man apart lol)...I think josh holloway would be a great choice too! (even tho he is the perfect GAMBIT!!)
EphPhaThaINC - 6/25/2010, 1:34 AM
I like Timothy Olyphant. I really do. He is a good actor. I am apparently one of the few people that actually liked him and liked the movie Hitman, and he does his best but for crying out loud him playing Snake, its not a bad choice, just a FORCED choice. He doesn't seem like a natural fit to play Plistkin.

Someone like Gerald Butler would be a natural fit to play Snake. Now I would not be opposed to Olyphant being in the movie-say like playing the main villain, but not Snake.

I can see why they would remake the Escape movies, they weren't that classic-cult classic maybe but like Roger Corman, anything that Carpenter does could use a modern touch/update.

I still would like to see a Carpenter modern take on "They Live" Just as long as they don't get John Cena to play the roll that Roddy Piper in the original.

I don't think that this should be a straight remake on the Escape movies, but more a of a sequel/reboot. Something that continues on with the Plistkin story but at the same time reboots it so that it can be continued.

I would love to see Kurt Russell play Snake but then do something like meet his son or like a someone who he deems as the son he never had and have it end with a passing of the torch from one to the other because quite frankly there can only one Snake Pliskin, and his name is Kurt Russell.

But that's just me.
InTylerWeTrust - 6/25/2010, 1:45 AM
Kurt Russel would be the perfect Sna- oh wait...
Joker08 - 6/25/2010, 2:07 AM
Olyphant is an outstanding actor, seriously, but Snake Plissken he ain't. And it's not even like a Ledger/Joker doubt-thing (which, for the record - I never doubted him, I full-on supported him - it's just an example. But I digress...) I just can't see Olyphant playing a classic character in one of the greatest cult films ever made.

EphPhaThaINC summed it up well. And I remember when Gerard Butler was actually rumored to be up for the part. Now, I'm against a remake, if I HAD to make a choice in casting the reboot, I'd say Gerard Butler. For what I know it will be, I'm sure he could pull it off. Or maybe I'd say Richard Gere. At least that way it would be a Wicker Man style comedy.

Hollywood is seriously running out of ideas...
ROMACK - 6/25/2010, 3:48 AM
Why do people have to remake/reboot franchises that made all the statement that they needed to. Escape from L.A. was stupid and this P.O.S. will be as well. I don't care how many cameos or nods to the original they put in it... this is just stupid.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/25/2010, 4:17 AM
How about?... NO F*CKING WAY!!! To Eisner and Olyphant!!
If they seriously wants to make the remake?! I say get David Fincher or Paul Greengrass as the director and Kurt Russell back as Snake!... Or Josh Brolin... Or Josh Holloway!
MassExecutions - 6/25/2010, 4:54 AM
I hate the way Hitman turned everybody on Olyphant. He is a good actor. Come on people, Grif even recognizes his lack of fail and is trying to keep him from accumulating any more fail. I wish his Perfect Getaway character would get some more movies and become the next John McClain.

IF you are going to remake this movie, this guy doesn't have a bad take on it. Sounds like he wants to respect the original, get more money to make it bigger, and make New York more recognizable. None of those things shoot it down.
Shaman - 6/25/2010, 4:55 AM
i find that Olyphant really [frick]ing sucks ass. He wasn't believable in Gone in 60 seconds, he single handedly made Die Hard 4 suck and his only decent performance that i've seen of his was in Rockstar which had very few lines. And i suspect he seemed better than he actually was only because he had an 80ies rockstar wig on and mascara. He's void of any cinematic presence. Dolph Lundgren pulls off better preformances in his worst C movies than Olyphant could ever pull off in his best A movies. He will ruin Snake entirely! Of course i still haven't seen The Crazies but the very fact that he was abysmal in other recent films automatically rates the outcome of him as Snake for the moment as a 50/50. That's not promissing at all.

I will agree with the person that mentionned Josh Holloway to play Snake. He is this generation's Snake Plisken without a doubt. Anybody who knows how Snake is supposed to be portrayed and that actually followed LOST would know that he is perfect for the part. Of course i only say this because i have yet to hear any LOST fans say no to Sawyer as Snake ;)
superdog - 6/25/2010, 5:47 AM
im with lee7777, [frick] this reboot and [frick] hollywood. get some original ideas and stop remaking shit. ridiculous no talent hacks.
ManThing - 6/25/2010, 5:49 AM

I don't hate Olyphant.

ManThing - 6/25/2010, 5:53 AM
What are they going to FAIL at REMAKING next?

ManThing - 6/25/2010, 5:54 AM
Big Trouble in Little China?
ManThing - 6/25/2010, 6:09 AM
yup. Me too bro.
superdog - 6/25/2010, 6:10 AM
MassExecutions - 6/25/2010, 6:10 AM
Ohhh... Juggernaut has TASTE! Enjoyable movies all. Remo Williams needs a SEQUEL where he trains a new guy. Did you know that's Stan Lee's favorite movie? West World is awesome, but I might allow a remake. Yul Brenner is Terminator before Terminator. So good. Big Trouble in Little China is perfect with its original bad effects. Again, I might allow a sequel.

But I digress. Olyphant must be really hit and miss. I didn't think he was bad in Die Hard 4, I really liked him in Perfect Getaway, and I've only seen a little of Justified, but its all been good.

Viggo can certainly do intimidating tough guy, better than almost anyone, but can he make it any fun?
ASSASSIN666 - 6/25/2010, 6:12 AM
Maybe one day I'll pick up a newspaper, or see on tv that a proud group of creative people stormed hollywood and brought it to justice. Hollywood must be saved from these corporate scumbags that took it over, then f**ked it over.
comicb00kguy - 6/25/2010, 6:34 AM
The world has certainly changed in the nearly thirty years since the original Escape from New York, and NOT for the better in many ways. There are a lot of things that could be done with this concept that couldn't be done in 1981 that might just make for an interesting movie in the right hands. But I know Hollywood all too well. They'll ruin it. Why not leave well enough alone? Why not do a sequel if this concept needs revisiting? Why not use New Orleans for a third film? It's surrounded by water, and could be contained much like Manhattan was in the original. A sequel could allow this director to use his great ideas without stepping on the toes of an iconic movie. Kurt Russell was iconic in the original. You're NOT going to top him, so why try?

Mass: agreed with your movie observations. A sequel to Big Trouble in Little China or Remo Williams (I haven't seen THAT in a L-O-N-G time!) could be fun.

Okay, there is one other film I worry about hearing news of a remake: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.
ManThing - 6/25/2010, 6:40 AM
@ Comibookguy: Yes.

If they could do something decently cool with it, then I might not mind so much.

But they almost never do.

& Your Buckaroo Bonzai thought made my stomach hurt. I thought you'd like to know.
MarkCassidy - 6/25/2010, 6:42 AM
Ah Shaman, I was hoping you'd comment! haha. In fairness, all of those movies you mentioned sucked regardless of him. I have seen him be super duper good, mostly on Deadwood though. But also GO and The Crazies. But you HAVE to see Deadwood, I wasn't aware that he had such chops until I saw that.

As for this remake, if they do it right, ok, if not, [frick] em.
RooSteR - 6/25/2010, 6:54 AM
OK they are making it regradless what everyone says so in that case i say YES to Olyphant ..he is on the verge of breaking out..i think ESCAPE would be a great remake to do unlike some of the other trash they talk about.
ElBicho - 6/25/2010, 6:54 AM
You can't remake Escape from New York. That movie rocks serious ass!

Im with Tea and Jugg, BTILC should never, EVER be remade.

"...The check is in the mail!"
flames809 - 6/25/2010, 7:04 AM
i never seen the old movie. and he is a great actor i liked him in the crazies,hitman,die hard 4 so yea i think he will do that part justice
superdog - 6/25/2010, 7:07 AM
shaman@ check him out in the girl next door as well. he was great in that too.
MassExecutions - 6/25/2010, 7:12 AM
@BmanHall - 1981. That was 29 years ago. With the introduction of "Reboots" you only have to wait like 5. Plus it had no budget. That makes hollywood want to remake stuff.
BIGBMH - 6/25/2010, 7:14 AM
Just figured out where this guy came from.
Shaman - 6/25/2010, 8:13 AM
I certainly have to check out more of Olyphant's stuff cause as he stands now, in my eyes, he's flat as a floor. Thing is, i don't think i'll ever see a performance of his that will sell me the idea of him being a better Snake than Sawyer. He freakin' headlined in Hitman and blew to smitherines! i dunno... he might turn out to be a decent choice but i don't get how he could ever be the first name that pops into mind for this role.

And i swear to god, if they ever attempt at making a remake of Big Trouble in Little China, i'm a smack a bitch! And she'll be surprised as [frick] too cause she sure as hell won't see it coming or understand why the [frick] i did it in the first place! "BTILC REMAKE, BITCH!!! Deal with it!". *walks away from the unknown woman lying on the ground*

I'm kidding of course but i assume you all get the net.
superdog - 6/25/2010, 8:15 AM
make it a hollywood executive bitch and ill represent you in the trial :)
Shaman - 6/25/2010, 8:16 AM
Supdawg- DEAL!
Shaman - 6/25/2010, 8:34 AM
Tea- As long as you pay for shipping and handling.
darkneo - 6/25/2010, 8:56 AM
The new generation?

Of what?

Remakes, recasts, redo's, redones, clones, reboots, copies, retries, repeat, and reintroduced!

In this particular classic.

Sorry, rejected!

JMO - 'nuff said poozers.

Shaman - 6/25/2010, 8:57 AM
TABOO13- First, about Big Trouble In Little China, it's a campy asian american action comedy like none other that has ever been made before! It's a must see for any fan of the genre. It became an instant cult classic even if it features Kim Cattral's worst ever performance in her entire carreer!!! That's right, she was actually better in Porky's, black bush blazin' and all :))

And about Kurt Russel... SOLDIER!!! So there goes your argument LOL :P
Deadshot - 6/25/2010, 9:05 AM
Timothy Olyphant sucks, what a horrible Hitman and i'm sure he will be a worse snake.
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