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. what happened? >> Posted 07.23.11 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. Director Eisner takes a stab at current script >> Posted 06.29.10 by Ryan
After finding success with the remake of The Crazies earlier this year, Breck Eisner is busy filling his schedule with several different projects, including a recently announced comic book adaptation of Blood of the Innocent, which pits infamous murderer Jack the Ripper against Dracula. Eisner spoke to FEARnet, explaining his interest in making the movie. Read what Eisner said about all three movies >> Posted 06.26.10 by Ryan
Since Breck Eisner's The Crazies remake entered theaters, Eisner — whose previous work included the 2005 dud Sahara — has become the go-to genre director, lining up an Escape From New York remake as well as a remake of 1980's Flash Gordon. Eisner isn't done, either.
The busy director is looking to add yet another genre project to his schedule, and this one isn't a remake. Eisner has his eyes on Mark Wheatley's Insight Studios comic book Blood of the Innocent. more on this Dracula vs. Jack the Ripper tale >> Posted 06.16.10 by Ryan
The remake of John Carpenter's 1981 classic Escape from New York got back on track in February when reports that screenwriter Allan Loeb had created a rewrite that sparked renewed interest from New Line Pictures.
While there's still no actor hired to replace Kurt Russell as the eyepatch-wearing Snake Plissken — Gerard Butler was attached but left over creative differences — but they do have a director. THR reports that Breck Eisner, who directed the remake of The Crazies, is in negotiations to direct the movie. more on the Escape From New York remake Posted 04.25.10 by Ryan
Teddy Daniels, the U.S. Marshal played by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's new movie doesn't know what he's in for when he arrives on Shutter Island. But he learns soon enough. There are mysteries, conspiracies, dark secrets, and suspicious therapies. And above all else, there's no escape. Do you hear? NO ESCAPE!
And we say, "So, what else is new?"
If, like us, you've gotten the bulk of your education from the big screen, you know one thing is true: Islands are bad. Really bad. They're water-bound hellzones, natural refuges for the forces of pain, deception, and death. Really, can anything worthwhile happen in a place where the exchange rate is calculated in fish?
Just in case you doubt us, check out Shutter Island and 10 Others Not to Get "Lost" On before you plan that next beach vacation. Posted 02.18.10 by reelz
Plans to remake John Carpenter's 1981 classic Escape from New York have been stuck in development hell for years now, but according to New York Magazine are back on track after a new rewrite from Allan Loeb, the man responsible for rescuing the Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps script.
Like the original, the Escape From New York remake will see the island of Manhattan become a prison after being ravaged by World War III, though Loeb's solution to keep shooting costs cheaper was to make Manhattan abandoned rather than destroyed. A source explained that the remake will be "an exposé of an ecosystem, if you put a huge wall around Manhattan and then dropped in the most f**ked-up, dangerous criminals on Earth. Another change for the remake was that war-hero-turned criminal Snake Plissken will not be attempting to rescue the President but rather a female Senator, which apparently created a better situation for dialogue.
What won't change is the character of Plissken himself. In order to get the rights to the movie, New Line had to sign a contract with Carpenter that maintains that the character "must be called Snake," "must wear an eyepatch," and, most importantly, "always be a bad-ass." How much Carpenter will be involved with the remake remains to be seen. Loeb told MTV that he wasn't sure how much Carpenter will be involved.
I don't know how much John Carpenter is involved. I don't think he's involved extensively. I know I did my work without his tutelage.
While a replacement for Kurt Russell is till ongoing — Gerard Butler was attached at one point but dropped out over "creative differences" — Loeb says he would like to see Russell return in another role.
The only reason I would think [he wouldn't be involved] is if Kurt didn't want to do it. I'd be the first to jump on my computer and find the cameo for [Russell]. If [New Line] asked me to, it would be a lot of fun.
Loeb says both he and New Line see "franchise" potential with the new remake. Posted 02.15.10 by Ryan
Matt Dillon has just signed on to star in Armored, a thriller about an armored car guard who succombs to the temptation of the $10 million in his truck. Nimrod Antal (Vacancy) will direct.
Things aren't going so well for the Escape From New York crew, however. Gerard Butler had signed on for the remake, but has left over 'creative differences' (don't they all?). New Line has commissioned a rewrite by Jonathan Mostow, with whom they may also replace Len Wiseman as director.
Source: Variety. Posted 10.31.07 by reelz
Michael Cera's star is definitely rising. After making his name as in awkward teen roles in the critical favorite Arrested Development as well as this weekend's Superbad, Cera has signed to star in Youth in Revolt. The teen comedy was adapted and will be directed by Gustin Nash (Charlie Bartlett) from C.D. Payne's self-published 1993 novel about a teenager who goes to great lengths to win a girl he meets on a family vacation, reports Variety.
Variety is also reporting that director Len Wiseman has picked his next project. The man behind Live Free or Die Hard will be remaking Escape From New York, with a script by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down). 300's Gerard Butler will play the Snake Plissken role, which was originated by Kurt Russell.
And Tarsem Singh (The Cell) plans to direct The Unforgettable, a sci-fi movie about a homicide cop who realizes not only that he isn't human, but that there is an alien war on. Originally entitled Species X, Singh will direct from a script by Kurt Sutter says The Hollywood Reporter. Sutter also wrote The Punisher sequel (official title: Punisher: Welcome Back Frank). Posted 08.15.07 by reelz