Everybody who has ever walked out of an ophthalmologist’s office has prayed that their eyepatch would look as cool as Snake Plissken’s, and no one’s ever has. Kurt Russell’s character from Escape from New York looked like he could chew nails and spit bullets, and then chew those bullets into tiny metal figurines of him kicking your ass. Even his name’s serpent-y sibilance could send shivers down your ssssspine.
Now, Snake and the iconic 1981 John Carpenter movie he starred in are getting a makeover. Studio Canal and Joel Silver’s house Silver Pictures announced Monday that they intend on retelling (read: remaking) Escape from New York as a trilogy of films. The first would be a prequel that sets up the dystopian future of the original, in which the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a massive maximum security prison. Presumably, there will be a bit of timeline recalibration since the first movie took place in a pretty grim 1988. Silver Pictures says it aims to recreate the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which similarly took a well-known sci-fi property and told the story before the story. (Hollywood’s fixation on origin stories kinda makes it like a five-year-old who keeps asking “Why?” until you’ve run out of cause-and-effect.)
There has been talk about an Escape from New York remake for years, most recently at New Line where they were rumored to have approached the likes of Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Hardy to play Snake. At this point, there’s no real sense given of what the plot for these movies would look like—nor any mention of Carpenter’s own 1996 sequel Escape from L.A, for that matter—but we’ll keep our good eye on it.