STARLOG Exclusive: Who Will “ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK” in Team-Based Remake?

It’s been months since any particular movement on the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake from Silver Pictures and StudioCanal. The film was last said to be inspired by the BATMAN: ARKHAM video games, and was still looking to crack its screenplay. According to a very trusted STARLOG source close to the production however, it seems the wheels are turning on the remake once more, and perhaps faster than ever.

While the film is still early in pre-production and without a director officially attached, STARLOG has learned that ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK will be, as per our source, “more team-based, as Snake Plissken traverses through a treacherous New York landscape with a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President.”

According to our source, while the script had always had a team-dynamic to it, the emphasis has almost turned these supporting characters into co-leads. And while Snake Plissken is still looking to be the de facto leader of the team, it seems these characters will be a mix of the old and the new:

“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.”

But just who might be donning the eyepatch as Plissken, you may ask? According to STARLOG’s source, Silver Pictures has a shortlist of actors narrowed down to three: Charlie Hunnam (PACIFIC RIM), Jon Bernthal (THE WALKING DEAD) and Dan Stevens (THE GUEST). While our source confirms none of the three have read for the role, he does confirm an offer will be made “any day now” and that “Hunnam is currently the top contender now that his run on SONS OF ANARCHY has concluded, although it is unclear if his commitments to PACIFIC RIM 2 will leave the actor unavailable.” Hunnam also recently entered the running for Guy Ritchie’s KING ARTHUR film, which may further push the role in favor of Stevens or Bernthal.


In fact, STARLOG has learned that Silver Pictures has already began to commission pre-production artwork from independent artists featuring Hunnam as the one-eyed antihero, possibly to shop to a co-financier at this year’s American Film Market. And while Silver Pictures still aims for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK to jumpstart a trilogy for the character(s), the origin story aspect for the first film will be played down. “Snake’s past will be seen in brief glimpses throughout the film, blending into his reality via Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” adds our source.

While Silver Pictures overhauls the script and narrows their shortlist, our source was much more hesitant to reveal who the team may be courting for a director, saying talks were “too early” in the process, although we’d learn a “definitive answer” before the year’s end. It was indicated that the film will carry “a dark tone,” and while the film will still carry a sci-fi element, it will be “less tech-based, and more of a gun-and-run thriller.”

Of course, until an official release is made, one might want to take this news with a grain of salt, but this source has gone above and beyond to verify their association to the project. If this is true, time will tell, but with audiences riding high on outlaw-heavy sci-fi following GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, it comes as no surprise that Silver Pictures and StudioCanal would be looking to follow suit.

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A graduate of Montclair State University, Ken W. Hanley started at Fangoria as an editorial assistant in the fall of 2012 before becoming the Creative Consultant in the fall of 2013. During his time in genre journalism, Ken has appeared on Robert Kelly’s YOU KNOW WHAT DUDE? podcast, hosted screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers and played air guitar with Method Man at New York Comic Con. A former contributor to Above the Film and a former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine, Ken spends his “free time” between his day job and writing for Fangoria by mastering the art of high-stakes karaoke, listening to podcasts, finding new/weird places to see movies, perfecting his Vincent Price impression and writing screenplays like a fiend. You can follow Ken on twitter: @movieguyiguess. You can also follow Ken in real life, as he’s not a difficult man to find.

  • QTN

    Why can’t they just cast Frank Grillo, give him an eyepatch, and get it over with?

  • enigmachine

    No, no, no! The original was brilliant. Like so many other films, THIS DOES NOT NEED A REMAKE!

    “The film was last said to be inspired by the BATMAN: ARKHAM video games”
    That’s enough of a reason not to remake it. The game is good, but it’s NOTHING like the film. The words “inspired by the… video games” should make any sane person run a mile!

    “more team-based”
    No. Snake does not have a team. He meets people along the way. In the film, he went in alone and more or less came out the same way. The story is about one man, NOT A TEAM.

    “supporting characters into co-leads”
    Have the writers, of this modern tripe, even seen the original? The other characters were, and should, only be support.

    a warzone journalist – For legitimacy? Not needed. It’s an adventure.
    Gareth, the last – Really? This character is in TOO MANY movies. Snake is the only action needed.

    “Silver Pictures still aims for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK to jumpstart a trilogy”

    PLEASE say that’s a joke!
    It was a one-off movie. It had an ambiguous end, so that we could make what we wanted of the whole.
    It was a masterpiece of a one-off and was not meant to have sequels. Obviously!

    “Snake’s past will be seen in brief glimpses”
    Not needed. The only bits of the past we need are those which we are told in dialogue. MYSTERY is the whole point!

    “blending into his reality via Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”
    So it’s brought to what is a current issue? Another bad idea.
    It’s like someone is picking things he / she hopes are going to be relevant, with no idea of how or how they relate to each other or to the original.

    “It was indicated that the film will carry “a dark tone,””
    Now I’m almost certain the people involved don’t understand what they’re dealing with. The film is not meant to have a remake. It just IS – literally and figuratively – dark.

    “one might want to take this news with a grain of salt”
    How about a dump-truck load?
    One could write an essay on why this (and other early John Carpenter films) should not be remade!

    It’s as though the key aspects of the original are being distorted / ignored.
    Call it something else, then. This is NOT a remake.

    If anyone from Silver Pictures ever reads this, PLEASE scuttle this project!

  • N-Shifter

    Cast Wyatt Russell (Kurt’s son who looks exactly like him) and make a prequel trilogy. Boom.

  • Afr0