John Carpenter’s Escape from New York remains a beloved film for many fans across the globe. The combination of Dreamy Kurt Russell, its dark depiction of the future and Carpenter’s infamous score turned the film into many people’s favorite of the 1980’s. They are protective of their baby, and that’s why there has been so much venom surrounding the plans for a remake. The screenwriter for the new film, Neil Cross (Luther), was discussing the remake in an interview with Deadline and brought with him some reassuring news.
When asked whether or not he had completed the script for the remake, Cross answered:
Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting. 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.
Escape from New York (1981) saw Kurt Russell star as Snake Plissken (still one of the best character names ever), a one-eyed dreamboat trying to rescue the President from New York. The city has been walled-off and turned into a maximum security prison. It was one of the rash of great 1980’s films that depicted a future that wasn’t so shiny and chrome. A more realistic, and quickly becoming more so, vision of a future America.
I don’t blame fans for being cautious about the remake, but you cannot argue with the level of talent attached to the project. Cross’ Luther is one of the finest shows out right now and we all know what Robert Rodriguez is capable of within the genre. Even though Carpenter will allow just about anyone willing to pay him to remake one of his films, his seal of approval for this script is a good sign and will hopefully reassure some skeptical fans.
This film will still be a while in production, seeing as Rodriguez has to finish Battle Angel: Alita before he can move on to another project. Keep your eyes on Nightmare on Film Street because we will be following this production very closely.