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A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, 1981's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK leapt to cult status with lots of action, edge of your seat suspense and a mind blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken battling his way out of a post apocalyptic Manhattan.
There has been an ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake being talked about for many years now. It has been a while since we last heard news of this project but we have learned that the project is still moving forward.
Back in October of 2015, MAMA scribe Neil Cross was selected to write the script for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK for Fox which plans to have the remake take a PLANET OF THE APES style approach, meaning that it will be the first in a new series.
Cross recently spoke with The Wrap about his progress on the story for the new film, revealing a lot of details about the film, starting with the fact that it will be going back to Snake Plissken's roots and will be acting as a prequel to what happened in John Carpenter's original classic.
Here are 10 things that we have learned:
1. Snake Plissken’s real name.
Plissken in the previous two Escape films didn’t have a name, but now he does: He’s Colonel Robert “Snake” Plissken.
2. Our bad guy won’t be the Duke of New York.
Instead, he’s the lean, intensely charismatic Thomas Newton, the playboy heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation. Five years ago he decided to donate his entire fortune. Sounds like a good guy, right? He’s not.
3. The role originated by Lee Van Cleef will now be played by a woman.
The film will introduce us to CIA Deputy Executive Director Roberta Hauk.
4. New York City isn’t a maximum security prison.
Weird, right? Because New York being a prison was kind of crucial to the whole “escape from New York” concept. In the reboot, New York is breathtakingly lovely. Manhattan is the island we know, but with more towering glass structures and a high, undulating glass wall. The sky is alive with drones as serene as bees and artificial intelligence controls all in the form of an ethnically ambiguous, cheery young woman called April. A small staff of technicians and researchers known as “Seers” monitor all.
5. The remake doesn’t start in New York City.
The original “Escape” film deleted the opening scene that showed how Snake Plissken was apprehended. The new version won’t. It’s set in another major city, one not in the United States.
6. The film imagines a world in chaos.
Globally, one in every seventy-five human beings is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.
7. A hurricane is coming.
It’s called Superstorm Ellery.
8. April’s security won’t be as good as everyone hoped.
That will make the whole city vulnerable.
9. Snake has only eleven hours to complete his mission.
In the original film, he had 22 hours. Plissken’s mission is to bring in Newton alive.
10. Newton has a failsafe.
It’s a mysterious device called Fat Boy — an ominous, dull metal sphere about the size of a car, in a nest of conduits and cabling.
We will continue to bring you more on the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake as we hear it.