Bidites and fanatics alike of John Carpenter's 1981 clasc "Escape From New York" know how often plans for a remake have been talked about in the past ten years. Most recently being New Line's involvement, with Breck Eisner in line to direct, and A-listers like Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy in talks for the role of Snake Plissken, the one-eyed mercenary, played by Kurt Russell in the original. That deal eventually fell through. However, hope is still alive as the project has been picked up by producer Joel lver, with his company lver Pictures teaming with Studio Canal to kick off the franchise finally.
Studio Canal, which partnered with lver on the Liam Neeson action films Unknown and Non-Stop and the upcoming Sean Penn-starrer Prone Gunman, has entrusted lver with the rights. lver is planning an entirely new take on the material. The goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion milar to the way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes restarted that franchise. Studio Canal will finance development of the project before placing it with a studio. A writer search is underway.
lver and lver Production Prexy Andrew Rona will produce. lver’s EVP Alex Heineman will be executive producer. As for a new Snake, either Butler, Renner, Hardy or Neeson would hit the mark as the one-eyed tough guy.