More from Breck Eisner on the Escape from New York Remake
Posted 06.29.10 by Ryan
Director Breck Eisner has been lining up projects after his remake of The Crazies gained over $50 million in worldwide box office (on a $20 million budget). Eisner has mentioned that his next project will be another remake, this time Escape from New York, based on John Carpenter's 1981 classic. The movie has been in development for years, stagnating until screenwriter Allan Loeb delivered a rewrite in February that renewed studio interest. Eisner was brought on board, but he recently told Comingsoon that production won't begin on Escape until more work is done.
I would be surprised if I found a script that I was just ready to make. I'm bringing on another writer this week and we will do a pass on the latest draft by Allan Loeb. We'll be doing a significant pass on that.
Eisner assured fans that he is a "huge fan" of the original.
As a kid, I absolutely loved that movie. And Snake [Plissken, played by Kurt Russell in the original] is such a bad-ass.
The interesting thing about Escape from New York is that it was a comment on the urban decay and the suburban flight coming out of the '70s and early '80s. Conceptually, it's an idea that's not true today because of the world we live in. So, how the prison is created is going to be different than in Carpenter's version. The anxiety of the world and anxiety of our existence post-9/11 is there, especially the anxiety in Manhattan post-9/11. Plot-wise, they're different, emotionally they're very similar. That's why it'll be interesting to tackle this movie, to have a slightly different take but with the same results which is Manhattan turned into a walled prison.
Reportedly, Loeb's draft sees Manhattan become a prison after World War III ravages the landscape. Should the rewrite delay production, Eisner also has a Flash Gordon remake in the works, as well as Blood of the Innocent, an adaptation of the comic book which will pit Jack the Ripper against Dracula.