John Carpenter’s dystopian classic Escape from New York picked up for reboot. Fox recently acquired the rights for the project from StudioCanal and are looking at making it into a franchise. The project is still very much in its infancy, with no date or even a cast announced yet.
Recent hits such as The Hunger Games show that audiences are still receptive to dystopian action films, something the original had in spades. The 1981 classic, starring Kurt Russell, was set in a futuristic world where crime was rampant and New York was a city on lockdown. The film’s appeal and continued presence on many people’s “Greatest” lists made it a simple choice for Fox to pick up.
John Carpenter will serve as an executive producer and creative head of the project with Fox’s Mike Ireland also serving a senior role. There are still many questions that remain unanswered: Who will star in the film? It seems unlikely that Kurt Russell will be the lead, after all how many reboots keep the original cast?
Many names have been thrown around since the announcement, with Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Hunnam being rumoured as potential leads. However, it’s all speculation at this point.
What remains to be seen is how the project develops in the next few months and, most importantly, what the release date/year for the film is? It is entirely possible for the project to get stuck in developmental hell, as has been the case for many reboots in the past.
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