It’s almost been comical watching how many attempts there’ve been to get Escape From New York up and running again. With a number of attempts over the years, including last year work of a reboot trilogy being planned, the property has now ended up at Fox as they continue to look for something to work with in terms of a franchise. What makes this one a little more interesting is that John Carpenter is apparently going to be serving as an executive producer on the film and is going to “exert creative influence” over the picture. Even better is that Joel Silver isn’t attached to the project anymore as now Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are as part of The Picture company.
Original concept: A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leaped to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and a mind-blowing vision of a lone warrior (Kurt Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan! Hailed as “stylish and scary” (Los Angeles Times), “dark and dangerous” (Newsweek) and “gloriously…fun” (Tyler Morning Telegraph), this fast-paced and furiously entertaining thriller grabs you by the throat and won’t let go! In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted to a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the U.S. President (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short: in 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission and his life unless he succeeds!