On Friday afternoon, word started spreading online that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez was “in talks” to direct the long in development remake of John Carpenter’s cult classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. I held off on posting about it here, because “in talks” means just that. In talks. And that’s never a sure fire, done deal. In fact, the original post from The Hollywood Reporter says he’s in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to helm the update.
But based on a public post from John Carpenter with his seal of approval, that makes the odds pretty darned good!
Robert Rodriguez is going to direct ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. I’m excited about this. Robert is great!
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) March 25, 2017
And on his Facebook page, Carpenter said, “Robert Rodriguez is directing “Escape From New York”. I am thrilled. He is a great director.”
According to that original report, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Co. are producing with Carpenter on board as an exec producer. This is the same team that relaunched the PLANET OF THE APES franchise for Fox, so it seems they’re hoping this will be the first in a series of movies in the further adventures of Snake Plissken.
Currently there is a script from Neil Cross, the creator of BBC’s LUTHER. And Rodriguez is fresh off of directing another Fox flick ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL produced by James Cameron.
Considering how many iterations of the proposed ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK project have been announced over the years, this one might finally be in the right hands! My only request? Please re-use the original theme. No need to fix what ain’t broken!!!