John Carpenter’s classic dystopian sci-fi film “Escape from New York” is getting rebooted from the same team behind the latest “Scream” sequels…
It appears Snake Plissken will have to get back to work.
A reboot to John Carpenter’s classic dystopian 1981 sci-fi film “Escape from New York” is currently in the works with the team from Radio Silence on board to produce and direct the feature.
Radio Silence — comprised of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella — are the same team behind the latest “Scream” sequels including the forthcoming film due out in March. They also were the same company behind the surprise horror-comedy hit “Ready or Not.”
Carpenter is expected to serve as an executive producer on the project, although there’s no word yet on who will be writing the script.
Details about the project have been secretive but according to Bloody Disgusting, original “Escape from New York” star Kurt Russell is not attached to star in the new film. That leaves the question about whether this film will be a complete restart to the franchise or potentially a sequel, although the term “reboot” has been used rather frequently for the film.
Of course, Russell could eventually jump on board, especially once a script is completed and a part written specifically for him.
The original “Escape from New York” saw Russell play a criminal in Plissken, who is contracted by the American government to infiltrate New York City, which has been transformed into a gigantic prison colony, and rescue the President after his flight went down and crashed in the middle of the mayhem.
Carpenter returned to the franchise with 1996’s “Escape from L.A.” and while the film received generally positive reviews, it failed to live up to the same cult classic status as the original.