Breck Eisner to direct 'Escape from New York' remake

Looks like New Line Cinema’s plans to remake John Carpenter’s cult classic Escape from New York is coming together. The studio, which recently received a rewrite from Allan Loeb (Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) is in negotiations with Breck Eisner to helm the dystopian actioner. While the movie has yet to find its Snake Plissken, the studio has honed in on Eisner, who recently directed the R-rated remake to George Romero’s The Crazies.

Eisner, the son of former Disney head honcho Michael Eisner, directed the 2005 critical failure Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. His second effort, the lower-budgeted horror flick The Crazies, which starred Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell, earned a much friendlier critical reception, and has grossed close to $40 million since it debuted at the end of February.

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  • Maggie

    STOP with all the remakes! Doesn’t anyone in Hollywood have a new idea?

    • Minutiae

      Especially when it’s going to be nearly impossible to improve on the original.

      • Ralph

        Sad. Very Sad.

  • Shelby Coman

    I say give the reins back to Carpenter, cast Kurt Russell and let them make Escape from Earth, as I had heard rumored years ago before Escape from L.A. tanked.

    • Call me Snake

      I second that. They need to clean up the mess from the last one and they need to come back and end both their careers on top with some more Plissken. Even in his 50/60s, he can still kick ass.

  • Jay

    A gun pointed at my crotch won’t make me watch an “Escape From New York” remake. Ditto the “Nightmare On Elm Street” redux.

  • joesmom

    OMG, another crappy remake! NO ONE can be Snake except for Kurt Russell!!!! DUH!

  • (JL)

    The rule of thumb on remakes needs to be…if the original was good (or great), then leave it alone. But as long as these things make $$$, Hollywood will keep churning them out. All that said, if they are going to re-make “Escape from New York,” they MUST get Josh Holloway (Sawyer from “Lost”) to play Snake. Other than Kurt, he’s the only one I want to see wearing the eyepatch.

    • Beth

      AMEN! If these directors really wanted a challenge they’d remake a crappy movie and make it good. Remaking a good movie is just lazy filmmaking.

  • DW

    But wait…will it be in 3D?! Oh who am I kidding, of course it will! And am I the only person on earth who loves Escape From LA?

    • RH

      No you’re not. To be honest, I think Escape from LA is not a better film than the first one, but is more fun.

      Remake: I think a remake is fine, as long as Kurt Russell wears the eyepatch. But will he ever consider that without JC?

  • kyle todoulakis

    John Carpenter’s Escape from Earth, please.

  • the dude

    i will never watch this remake. the original was way too good. Why the heck does hollywood have to take good movies and make cruddy remakes? do something frakking original you no talent hacks

  • JB

    Why can’t Kurt Russell and John Carpenter just make a third movie? Kurt Russell still looks good for his age, and you can just make Snake a little older. A remake is a bad idea but like Hollywood really cares.

  • Cody Zamboni

    Avatar with an eyepatch. Sam Worthington will play Snake Plissken in 3D. To keep costs down, Toronto will sub for New York exteriors. Brett will next remake Big Trouble in Little China.

  • RekcufYeh

    Bad idea all around. If its not broken don’t fix it. How about “Escape from Michael Eisner’s Son”. Michael Eisner’s son only gets these jobs because he’s Michael Eisner’s son and is able to subsidize these vanity projects. Given that SAHARA ignored most of what made the book great I will assume he’ll do the same with Escape. I don’t think Michael Eisner’s son should die, just stop making movies.

  • Jammy Jam

    Josh Galloway would be awesome. He is great on Lost. No Gerard Butler!

  • Sarah

    Having rewatched both the original NY and Escape From LA recently, there was a general consensus in my household that were Hollywood ever to opt for a remake, Josh Holloway would be the one and only option for Snake. Glad to know others are on the same page. I wouldn’t be unhappy with another with Kurt Russell, either.

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