It appears that Hollywood’s plans to reboot ‘Escape From New York’ for a new generation of movie goers are still on, but its not all bad news.
Fox who own the rights have hired ‘Luther’ creator Neil Cross to write the screenplay for the reboot, which they hope will become as strong a franchise for them as the new ‘Planet Of The Ape’s’ has been.
The Hollywood Reporter announced the news to a chorus of genuinely bemused fans who’d initially dismissed the remake, but with Cross on board, it might be time for a reappraisal.
At this point no director has been assigned to the film, but Fox will be hard pushed to find one with the same flare and understanding of the franchise than John Carpenter who did the original movies with Kurt Russell who made the role of Snake Plissken somewhat iconic.
In the original film series Plissken is tasked with rescuing the President of the United States after Air Force One crashes on Manhattan, which has – of course – been transformed into a maximum security prison.
Still very much in the planning (and writing) stages, the ‘Escape From New York’ remake has no officially-announced release date.
No matter how this all turns out. Neil Cross and the team that Fox will build around him will be hard pushed to make a reboot that is as beloved as the original.