Escape From New York Remake Can't Escape Development Hell
07.23.11 by Ryan
Progress on the Escape From New York seemed to moving forward last summer, with director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) being brought on board after screenwriter Allan Loeb's rewrite of the script had renvigorated the interest of New Line Pictures. Eisner admitted that he still wanted to do a "significant pass" on Loeb's script before moving forward, but apparently that pass didn't keep the momentum going because, a year later, the project is without a studio.
Deadline reports that New Line and Warner Bros. have allowed the option on the remake to lapse, allowing Eisner and producer Neal Moritz (Fast Five, The Change-Up) to shop the project to another studio. Eisner and Moritz are also working on a remake of Flash Gordon, and it remains to be seen whether they will continue to pursue the remake somewhere else.
The remake was going to be based on director John Carpenter's 1981 classic that starred Kurt Russell as the eye-patch-wearing Snake Plissken, who has to save the president after he crash lands in Manhattan, which is now a walled-in prison. According to the report, Tom Hardy (Inception) was the latest actor discussed for the role of Plissken, though the actor was never attached.