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So Is King Leonidas A Snake? Will Gerard Butler ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Variety’s Michael Fleming has broken the story, and I have no idea what to think of it. Gerard Butler is interested in starring in a remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. I have no idea what Neal Moritz and Ken Nolan have in mind, so it’s hard to know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. All you can ask is would Butler be a good choice for Snake Plissken, hypothetically speaking? I’m sure we’ll hear more details soon. For now, here’s what Fleming had to say:

”Hot off the socko bow of "300" this past weekend, star Gerard Butler is at the center of a package that CAA began shopping Monday for a remake of John Carpenter's 1981 actioner "Escape From New York." Neal Moritz is attached to produce, with "Black Hawk Down" scribe Ken Nolan penning the screenplay. Several studios are battling for the pic, mostly because the $70 million launch of "300" signaled the arrival of an emerging action star in Butler…
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  • March 13, 2007, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Come on Mori...

    by Boba Fat

    You know what to think of it. "Another crappy remake" of a much cherished film.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Those are some BIG shoes to fill

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Very few people own a role like Kurt Russell owns Snake Plissken, so taking over that one will be hard. I don't have a problem with a remake, because I think it's a solid concept that can stand reinterpretation, but I feel for the guy playing Snake. That's like trying to step in as Indiana Jones or something.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Also on the downside

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I suppose this means there's no chance of the mooted Escape From Earth, which I always hoped Russell and Carpenter would pull off before they got too old.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:51 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Doesn't really work, does it? All kidding aside, I do like Butler but I cannot possibly convey how much I loathe the idea of an EFNY remake. This TB is going to be brutal...

  • March 13, 2007, 4:54 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...a host of previously unheard of talkbackers saying: "No, srsly dudes, let's give this a shot -- it sounds really cool!"

  • March 13, 2007, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Why bother with a remake...

    by kingrobot

    Does Escape From New York actually need a remake? The action was decent, the effects were decent and the performances memorable. It still stands up as a rip-roaring action movie today.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    No, No, No, No, No.

    by Azazyel

    Gerard Butler is a great actor, but a remake just isn't needed. New stories maybe, but with Metal Gear Solid in the works, would it be enough anyway?

  • March 13, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST


    by Boba Fat

    And Carpenters score was one of his best. They'll get Rob Zombie to do the new one

  • March 13, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    At least they are remaking a crappy movie this time

    by Rupee88

    The original was too campy and rather worthless. So maybe they can take the same basic premise and make something entertaining with it.

  • March 13, 2007, 5 a.m. CST


    by marathonman2

    Assault on Presinct 13? The Fog? Halloween? The Thing?... Now Escape? These films were perfect to start with! Why noy try remaking some of Carpenters lesser classics and leave these masterpieces unsoilled?

  • March 13, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Could go either way

    by Gwai Lo

    I don't think the original is perfect (still love it) and don't think Gerard Butler is at Kurt Russell levels of badassery yet (he was still great as Leonidas). This could go either way. I am a little bit tired of all these films being remade, and agree with the poster that said they'd rather see Escape From Earth. Even though chances are that movie doesn't have a great chance of success what with Carpenter's recent track record and Russell's age.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:12 a.m. CST

    Escape from Remakes

    by Captain RawBeard

    Why dont they just make the 3rd Film - I know Kurt Russell is getting on a bit but he still would be good as an aging grey haired Snake Plisskin. Instead of remaking The Thing they do a sequel instead of tarnishing the original.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Oh come on...

    by fanboy71

    Russel was flabby and exceptionally un-soldier-like in the original. I'd like to see EFNY remade. Maybe this time Snake can be the bad ass he was talked up to be the first time around.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Moritz is a worry

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    As I said before, I am cautiously optimistic about a remake. That said, this Moritz guy churns out garbage like nobodies business. SWAT, XXX, Stealth, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Torque, The Skulls, etc. The best this guy's ever done is enjoyable garbage, which doesn't seem like a good fit for an Escape remake.<p>Still, I suppose we should be grateful he hasn't cast Paul Walker as Snake Plissken.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:21 a.m. CST

    One the one hand, FUCK NO!!! On the other...

    by SherlockMonk

    I can see some great possibilities.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:26 a.m. CST

    "Socko bow"!!! What the fuck is a socko bow????

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Seriously, Variety needs to get a new thesaurus. It's like a teen girls club, coming up with secret words like 'skein'! As for another bloody remake, all of the Carpenter inspired ones are awful (with the possible exception of AoP13). And with Neal Moritz!

  • March 13, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Kurt could still play it - new film, not remake

    by filmcoyote

    No, no, no. Butler is okay, nothing special but for one thing Kurt is Snake, plain and simple. You want to remake EFNY then have a new central character. Secondly why remake it? It still stands up today, along with Halloween and The Thing. Now I love The Fog, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China and Assault On Precinct 13 but they haven't dated as well. They are still great but i can see how a different, interesting approach could be made. But they should learn from what's already happened. Assault remake played with the premise, made crucial changes, it wasn't just a straight remake and it worked okay. It wasn't great like the original but it was an okay film. The Fog they went for a straighter remake and it was one of the most painful cinema experiences in recent years. If they want to revisit Snake they should bring back Kurt and JC otherwise leave it alone. Oh, and while it looked awesome on screen 300 was tedious, where was the tension? where was the sense of peril? Wasted opportunity was really looking forward to that.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:33 a.m. CST

    you gotta be fuckin´ kidding

    by CuervoJones

    Producers of Hollywood: Stop remaking Carpenter´s movies and let him direct a western.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Aybody see the French Film District 13?

    by Boba Fat

    They did a pretty good version of EFNY though the english dub is laughable. Watch it with subtitles. I've got an idea, why not set the remake in L.A? Think of the possibilities ;)

  • March 13, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    No no no no no no no...

    by Sledge Hammer

    And NO. This is a bad idea any way you cut it. Besides which, we already had a slicked up studio big budget remake, it was called Escape From L.A.<p>No Carpenter, no Russell, no real Snake, and no real point. Give us one final sequel with an aged Russell under the eye patch, or else just leave it be.<p>Crazy idea here, but how about instead of making fucking remakes of all of Carpenter's films before the man is even in the grave, we give him an actual budget and a chance to make an all new film before we've lost the man forever? I'd hate for those Masters Of Horror episodes to be the last things he left us with, that would just be all kinds of wrong.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:42 a.m. CST

    kurt is not that old

    by BadMrWonka

    he's in a new tarantino action film for fuck's least wait 10 years before you remake it...or how about wait til the film is 40-50 years old, that's the golden number. hell you might make a better film if you're in that area (read: ocean's 11, thomas crown affair).

  • March 13, 2007, 5:43 a.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun


  • March 13, 2007, 5:48 a.m. CST

    remakes better than the original?

    by BadMrWonka

    it's a good many remakes were actually better than the original? criteria: title does not have to be the same if the film is obviously a remake, but simply having a big connection does not count (la jette and 12 monkeys, would not count, for example...fistfull of dollars and yojimbo, would count).<p>I'll start off with Oceans 11 and Thomas Crown Affair. ocean's, well, because the original is not very good. and thomas crown, because, as much as I love steve mcqueen, the original is SO long and drawn out, the remake has a GREAT soundtrack, fairly interesting heists, and just great nuances.<p>so come on guys...any remakes better than the original?

  • March 13, 2007, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Worst idea in the history of bad ideas

    by NachoNegro

    One question leaps to mind. Why? Kurt Russell is Snake. Snake is Kurt Russell. This is going to be an utter abortion. The fact that Butler is even touching this proves to me he's a buttfaced hack.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:53 a.m. CST

    By The Way...

    by drew mcweeny

    I'm not endorsing this idea. I'm just throwing it up there. Frankly, I'm still in shock over (A) not realizing how inevitable this remake was and (B) the fact that it's really happening.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Enough of this bullshit.

    by Ulysses31

    Enough of this bullshit. Even the suggestion of a remake turns my stomach. Granted, Carpenter's more recent efforts in film haven't been the best but, in my opinion, without Carpenter and Russell there shouldn't be another Snake Plissken movie. Looking at the stills from Grindhouse, all Kurt needs is an eye-patch and the offer to get back in the saddle.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:05 a.m. CST

    If they must remake it, then please...

    by jollysleeve

    ....just have the guy play a different character. Keep the same concept and overall storyline, but just have him play a different character, one who serves the same function that Russell did in the original.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST


    by Blarney-Man

    Jesus Christ, I am so fucking tired of going to see films where I know the story, characters, ending already. I am sick of adaptations, sequels and fucking remakes.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:09 a.m. CST


    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I'll go with Cronenberg's The Fly, Carpenter's own The Thing, The Departed, possibly Philip Kaufman's version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. I would also like to piss off my fellow Englishmen by suggesting The Italian Job, which was really a piece of crap to start with.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by NachoNegro

    There are very few films in that list. The only example I can think of, of a remake that was demonstratably better than the original in every way, was 'The Thing', by none other than Carpenter himself. Carpenter made another good remake - Assault On Precinct 13. Great film - but whether it was better than Rio Bravo is arguable. However The Thing is a slam dunk.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Fuck! Kurt Russell would still be bad ass!

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    So why bother recasting? Sucks the shit all these remakes of films I saw as a kid growing up, makes me feel old. Fucking no originality.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Also, don't forget Heat

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Michael Mann remaking himself. No remakes means no Heat, which would be a very bad thing.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Hey, Scarface!

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Okay, I'll stop now.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Better remakes...

    by Sledge Hammer

    The Thing. The Fly. Scarface. Heat. Casino Royale. Ben-Hur. The Bourne Identity. Yep, that's about it methinks. <p>I mean there are quite a few films that I would consider quite worthy remakes, without being necessarily out and out "better" than the originals - War Of The Worlds, Cape Fear, Dawn Of The Dead, Assault On Precinct 13, The Magnificent 7, A Fistful Of Dollars, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Departed, The Manchurian Candidate, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, 1984, The Quiet American, Sorcerer, (the Vincent Price) House Of Wax, Insomnia, Payback, Vanilla Sky, Man On Fire, Solaris, Lolita, Nosferatu, True Lies, The Vanishing, Willard, etc. - but the actual list of remakes that truly and clearly outshone their origins is pretty damn thin really, at least from where I'm sitting.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST

    MCMLXXV is a tosser forever

    by Seph_J

    You can quote me on that.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Oh people liked film X... lets remake it...

    by Uridium

    For Jebus sake grow some an imagination hollywood and make something new. Stop remaking films that dont need it. God I am pissed off now!

  • March 13, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by schmoove

    On the subject of Carpenters' work, the readers of MAXIM magazine have voted Big Trouble in Little China the worst movie of all time! Travesty! I can only assume these are the sort of people who would tell you their favourite movie is The seventh Seal, when it's really Caddyshack

  • March 13, 2007, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Take it easy, Uridium

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Hollywood makes new stuff all the time, much of which is available from your local Blockbuster. Seen The Prestige? That's a good one. How about Little Miss Sunshine? It's cute, and it has Alan Arkin out of Catch 22 in it. I hear that Pan's Labyrinth is pretty good, but I haven't seen it yet.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I know quite a few Maxim readers

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    And you're right, schmoove, they do suck. Their favourite film tends to be The Fast And The Furious, though.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Dear Franklin

    by schmoove

    Thanks for the insight into Maxim readers choices, but you have left me with cold, cold comfort.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Sledge Hammer said it best when he said NO NO NO NO NO

    by Seph_J

    I'm sorry, but keep Butler away from 'Escape from New York'. Infact, keep the cameras away from Escape from New York. Yes, maybe Daniel Craig can do Bond, yes Christian Bale did Batman, MAYBE even Brandon Routh can pull of Superman (or was he playing Christopher Reeve?)..... but NOBODY can do Snake Pliskin but Kurt Russell. NOBODY. EVER. Back up, and keep the fuck away from this film. Release the soundtrack to the original film though because it's awesome. John Carpenter just wants a nice fat pension (hence the remakes of 'The Fog' and this new 'Halloween' shit i've been reading about). Any recent info on Argentos third 'mother' film? That film is certainly a miracle I thought would never happen. Carpenter take note.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    sorry but The Departed is NOT better than Infernal

    by CuervoJones


  • March 13, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    No, srsly dudes, let's give this a shot --

    by just pillow talk

    it sounds really cool!<p>That's for you Doc!

  • March 13, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Fuck those writers nowadays!

    by joergn

    Just a bunch of lousy, sad, brainless fanboys, having nothing else in their mind then remaking the movies they watched friday night during childhood. Please tell me there are some talented writers out there or some intelligent producers out there to sign them, to prove me wrong!

  • March 13, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST

    this of course sucks the biggest pair

    by just pillow talk

    of baboon nuts. Nothing can approach the campiness of that movie and the cleavage of Adrienne Barbeau. All hail Adrienne!

  • March 13, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    I'm not a fool, Plissken!

    by CutAndPaste


  • March 13, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah

    by CutAndPaste

    And it's a bad idea.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Earth to Hollywood...STOP WITH THE REMAKES.

    by onemanarmy

    Movies are that are considered to be "a classic," arefor very good reasons.<p> God....zilla. Is there no creativity left? <p>

  • March 13, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Earth to Hollywood...STOP WITH THE REMAKES.

    by onemanarmy

    Movies are that are considered to be "a classic," are for very good reasons.<p> God....zilla. Is there no creativity left? <p>

  • March 13, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by onemanarmy

    Tried to fix the lack of a space and somehow double posted two totally different posts...taking that space into account of course.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST



    What a blow to Kurt Russel's ole ego ehh.. *no pun intended* <p> I agree onemanarmy... Come up with some original ideas for goodness sake!

  • March 13, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Italian job remake better than the original?????

    by MrJJonz

    No . . . no . . . just no. That remake is up there with other classic remakes like Get Carter and Alfie. . .which also lacked any form of enjoyment.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Oh FFS

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Seriously this has to stop. You know they arent going to stop remaking John Carpenters good films until they finally ass fuck the thing.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST

    And in other news I see Stallone has now

    by MrJJonz

    been charged with importing drugs . . .apparently it was a growth hormone - perhaps he is Tom Cruise's dealer

  • March 13, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    The fact that Adrian Lyne improved upon Kubricks Lolita

    by Seph_J

    (even though Kubrick had a ton of shit on that film) proves that remakes can work.... but im sorry that something as stylishly individual as ESCAPE FROM NY is even being suggested for a remake. Assault on Precinct 13 was remade fairly well - still well below the originals quality, but passable. I dont know where this argument is going actually. <p> Basicaly, let Tarantino direct 'ESCAPE FROM HONG KONG', set in 2020 with Kurt Russell once again being drafted in to save a democrat-endorsing Chinese official (played by a craggy Chow Yun-Fat) from being killed by the inhabitants of the ludicrously over-populated labour-camp-cum-prison of Hong Kong island, where anyone who is against communism is taken and brainwashed into zombies. Cue scary asian girls, kick-ass hong kong fighting, awesome Tarantino dialogue, quotable Pliskin one-liners, and even a political message. Now, isnt that better than a fucking remake. And I made it up as I typed. Think about it.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by stlfilmwire


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    by stlfilmwire


  • March 13, 2007, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Maybe not such a bad idea, especially since...

    by HarryBlackPotter

    ...the original was a bit short on decent action sequences, and the low budget meant the original concept wasn't fully realised. Be interesting to see a new Snake on the block.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    MrJJonz - that was in the news last week

    by just pillow talk

    Didn't see that coming....

  • March 13, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST

    HarryBlackPotter = "No, srsly dudes, let's give this a

    by Seph_J

    shot. It sounds really cool!"

  • March 13, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by Shermdawg

    To hell with Mr.Yellsalot! Whether it's Plissken or Solid/Naked Snake JOSH HOLLOWAY is your guy. Seriously, you know I'm right about this one.<br><br> JOSH HOLLOWAY<br><br> WILL OWN<br><br> YOUR ASSES!

  • March 13, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Maybe the new gag on the remake will be...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ..."Snake Plissken, I heard of you...I heard you were Kurt Russell".

  • March 13, 2007, 7:36 a.m. CST

    You have my vote, Seph_J

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    You're suggested Escape From Hong Kong is genius. I would love to see that one.<p>I trust your people are contacting John Carpenter's people as we speak? You can do lunch and whatnot.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:39 a.m. CST

    You're - what the hell?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Sorry about that. All this talk of Escape From New York has made me regress to my teenage years, back when I knew more about the A-Team than grammar and spelling and suchlike.<p>P.S. No, srsly dudes, let's give this a shot -- it sounds really cool!

  • March 13, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Well, They'll Need a CGI-Borgnine

    by Aquatarkusman

    Or it isn't getting my hard-earned $12.50.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Jesus Tapdancing Christ

    by grendel69

    Are they gonna remake every fucking cult movie from the 70s and 80s!?!? Remaking Escape From NY? WTF??? Enough already!

  • March 13, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Bad career move.

    by CoursinLarry

    Seriously, Gerard. This is NOT the movie to make now that you got some heat.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST


    by Redfive!

    GB just does Watchmen instead of some shity EFNY remake,all of carpenters remakes have been shit,why will this be any good,plus sorry man KURT RUSSELL IS SNAKE NOBODY ELSE.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    This... is... stupid!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Tonight, we remake all!

  • March 13, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    if only.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Tapdancing Jesus gotta eat!!!

    by boba_rob

    I was never a huge fan of the movie so I don't care.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    God, now Hollywood's raping my adolescence

    by Laserbrain

    Keep your dirty, coke-frosted knobs out of the asses/mouths of my favourite movies, you bastards.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    They already made a remake

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It was called Escape From L.A. You can pick it up from most Wal-Marts for 5 bucks.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by monkeybrow

    acting sucks major ass

  • March 13, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    WHY? WHY? WHY?

    by Right Bastard

    Leave Carpenter the FUCK alone!!!!! Stop the remakes! Doesn't anyone have an original fucking idea?

  • March 13, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST

    The Thing is not a remake.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    The Thing and The Fly are not remakes. They are radically different adaptations of source stories. NOT of the films that first adapted those stories. They're either very faithful where the original wasn't (Carpenter) - or not faithful at all where the original was (Cronenberg.) Oh, and for heaven's sake, have Carpenter work on a real film once again before something bad happens to him (for example, before Eric Red runs him over.) Because if something did happen right now, then the man's last work would be THAT WORTHLESS TV SERIES "MASTERS OF HORROR"! Do you realize that? What kind of swan song would that be for Carpenter? Argh!

  • March 13, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Famous 70s/80s movie that hasn't been remade: CALIGULA!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    (I just gave someone in Hollywood a watercooler idea, didn't I?)

  • March 13, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    This is terrible!!!!!!!!!

    by cekma

    Cause he yelled words? All of a sudden he's the next action star!? He was entertaining and all but the movie was not amazing and he was not really the reason why the movie did well, he was part of the reason sure but not the reason. No one bran out to see a movie called 300 because of Gerald Butler (the cheap man's Clive Owen) Did anyone see the f'n phantom!? I'm happy for the guy and everything, and hope continues to have a career, but talk about stroking ones ego, this is absurd! Between this and Rob Zombie's Shit-o-ween! How many years are we away from a Jaws or Jurassic Park remake, seriously? I don't even care if you like Escape from NY or not (I love it, great film for it's time) you could agree that the remake plague is becoming an issue. Not only that but now the sequels of remakes, etc. When is The Birds going to get remade? Oh wait we don't have to wait that long, oh joy!

  • March 13, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Escape from Earth needs to happen

    by Boondock Devil

    Get Russell and Carpenter and finish off the Escape trilogy.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Plus you just know Big Trouble in Little China's next

    by Boondock Devil

    Starring Ashton Kutcher. And then the whole world shuddered.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    "Maxim Readers."

    by Zarles

    Now there's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    "Emerging action star"

    by Redfoot the Fence

    Yes, because everybody was transfixed by the magnificent performance turned in by Gerard Butler in a movie full of eye candy.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I just bought some bacon

    by The Awfulism

    I think they should cast a real life snake in the role - and call him MAN Plissken.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Boondock Devil - that was not funny!

    by just pillow talk

    feeling sort of invincible.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by coen_fan

    Seriously. You're all a bunch of rabid monkey-eating burritos.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by the beef

    Being written by the guy who did BLACK HAWK DOWN? Already that's similar material. I'm more curious as to who is going to direct. In fact, I'd be happier had they said Snyder was directing instead of Butler is acting in it. The way Snyder did the DOTD remake makes me think he'd handle the material very well. But that won't happen. And neither will Danny Boyle. I don't know about Butler for Snake. I haven't seen anything from him to make me think he can play Russell's Snake, but he may be written different from the original, so I don't know.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Franklin: Remake of Italian Job better than original!!!

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    I......I.......errr......i'm......just speechless with rage!..anger need to sit down for a moment. I'll deal with you later you cur you!

  • March 13, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I may be a burrito-eating monkey, but I am no monkey-eating burrito! Shame on you, coen_fan. The Big Lebowski, mind, that's a good one, isn't it?

  • March 13, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    another major flaw....

    by kingrobot

    The last time I checked, New York has a serious lack of very tall, flat roofed landmark buildings to make a stealth glider landing / take off possible. Damn you terrorists all to hell.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I can feel your anger, Big_Bubbaloola

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Sorry, mate. I just never liked that film - a cute mini car chase and the rest of it is crap. Also, it has Benny fucking Hill in it, Benny fucking Hill brought shame on Englishmen the world over. Shame!<p>Mind you, I'm not saying the remake's a classic, either. It's just not as bad as the original.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    The Hollywood Remake Machines Sucks

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    This is blasphemy. Everyone once in a while a classic movie erupts onto the scene to create a new genre, and is followed by a bunch of B-grade copycats. Mad Max, First Blood, and Escape from New York are prime examples of these. Until something new comes along we need to put up with this garbage. Oh yeah, and bring back Ox Baker.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Well, crap! HOWEVER...

    by Merrick

    I freaking love ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK & this news has all kindsa stink on it. Although…I started thinking (usually not a good thing)…and this is COMPLETELY conjectural & not based on any inside knowledge…BUT an EFNY remake done “virtually” (a la 300) with sprawling apocalyptic New York Cityscapes underneath forboding, dirty skies…and Snake battling down an ocean of “crazies” (inmates) with futuristic (and not so futuristic) weapons might have a pretty decent cool factor, no? Mixed feelings…but curious…

  • March 13, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there already a remake...

    by Gatack

    In Escape from L.A.? There really isn't much that seperates that from NY.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    They Live

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Had one of the best street fight scenes of all time. Piper and David were both out of bubble gum.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Speaking of remakes...

    by Spikes Brain

    I saw that there's a direct-to-DVD sequel out to The Rock's WALKING TALL, starring Kevin Sorbo. Which makes it a direct-to-DVD sequel to a remake of a remake. Damn...

  • March 13, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    no with all due respect to mr butler

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    kurt is snake plissken and he can still play plisskin just look at the trailer for grindhouse ...

  • March 13, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I am a Maxim reader

    by Spandau Belly

    and I am stupid, and I love The Fast and The Furious! It's like you people have known me my whole life!<br><br>Although, I occasionally branch out and read FHM and watch Torque.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Oh, I got it!

    by SPECTRE Agent

    It was driving me nuts where I'd seen the actor playing Daxos in 300 and then I remembered: he was Gerard Butler's right-hand man in "Atilla". Coincindence?

  • March 13, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Bring back Kurt Russel for...

    by Spandau Belly

    ESCAPE FROM EARTH!<br><br>I may be a stupid Maxim reader but even I know that's the logical continuation of this franchise.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Actually, I'd watch this if he were in it...

    by Anna Valerious

    Hell, he made a better Phantom...and I'm still pushing for Noel Fielding as Windslow/Glam Rock Phantom in the POTP remake... Hotter guys in remakes FTW, baby.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I for one am looking forward to the direct to dvd...

    by kravmaguffin

    Sequel to the remake! You can have Kevin Sorbo playing Snake and Steven Seagal playing Lee Van Cleef's character! DMX will be the Duke of New York...

  • March 13, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by cekma

    Then don't remake Escape From NY, use the technology and make a DIFFERENT film then EFNY, but one that deals with an apocalyptic city Your curiousity will be satisfied and we won't have to bastardize art at the same time. Example: Metal Gear Solid's Snake is INSPIRED by Kurt's Snake. They took that inspiration and created their own world and art. Maybe I'm picky but I'm born and raised in NY, a proud native my whole life and I'm ver picky with they do with the ciy on the silver screen

  • March 13, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    The problem I have with this...

    by ldm882

    and I'm sure a lot of you can agree, is not that I hate remakes in and of themselves (there can be good ones), but I know too many idiots who've never seen the classic original movies and prefer, say, the remake of Assault on Precinct 13 to the original. Or Sandler's remake of The Longest Yard. Etc, etc. Many of these are the same people who love torture porn too...

  • March 13, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet

    ARSEHOLES. <p> this pisses me off no end. Why can they not go and fuck up some of his later work instead of turning some of his finest work into retard movies. <p>and as for what that fucking hack is doing to Halloween. PAH. <p> ps, and I know this may be a bit of a yuck idea (and I don't want anyone to believe I actually think this is a good idea- or even want it considered), why are the remake arseholes not doing Dark Star? Subject matter too difficult, perhaps?

  • March 13, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Kurt would do another Snake film

    by liljuniorbrown

    I heard him say it the other morning while I was listening to him plug his movie on the Lex and Terry show. It was a call in interview like everyones doing now to the syndicated market shows. They are big fans of his and told him that he has played the iconic charectors every guy dreams of to which he replied " Yeah i'm so lucky i mean if your going to play a singer why not play Elvis right? A cowboy,why not Wyatt Earp?If your going to play a hockey coach why not the coach of the greatest U.S Hockey Team,and if your going to play a captain why not play Captain Ron" Which I thought was hysterical,he sounds like a great guy. He even talked about how lucky of a guy he was even when it meant he had to go home and tell Goldie Hawn(who he was banging in real life,still is) that he was going to have to prentend to bang Michelle Phiefer in Tequilla Sunrise, fucking brilliant. He said he was thrilled to be Snake Plissken because "he had no rules" and was the first "hardcore bad ass" that he ever got to play."A guy with no rules,just kick ass." You could tell he knows what his role in American cinema is and he knows he's blessed to be what most guys would love to be.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Hey Franklin, keep yer hands off my anger you dirty man

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    And that comment about the Man who was Hill!!!! Fer shame!!! Next you'll be telling me that "Zulu" sucked tribal balls! And that would be pushing things tooo far me laddy-o.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Escape from New York has already been remade

    by ELGordo

    It's called Escape from LA and is god fucking awful. Hopefully Grindhouse will top the charts and these executives will see that Kurt has some Bad Ass left inside him. Escape from Earth would be a better choice than a remake.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Bad Mr Wonka,

    by Lost Prophet

    I'd go with The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13 (The Carpenter one), The Fly, and I struggle beyond that.<P> Franklin, go and lock yourself in a dark room where the only light source is the flickering TV playing the remake of Get Carter, and beat yourself repeatedly around the head with a copy of the script for zulu whilst chanting "YOU'RE ONLY SUPPOSED TO BLOW THE BLOODY DOORS OFF" until that truly horrid idea laeavs your mind.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Snake Plissken Is Still Alive!?!?!?!

    by Mentok

    I heard he was dead! Seriously though, a truly bad idea. Is it still going to be set in 1997? This is one of those cases where there is no benefit to calling it Escape From New York. The people who know the title will resent the new movie, and the kids who they want to see it will have no idea it's a remake anyway. Why not just do their own futuristic city-prison movie? I'd still go see it, and I wouldn't walk in with the baggage I'll have if it is called Escape From New York.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I knew that would annoy folks. Sorry and that.

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    We're so starved for classics in England we've embraced that stupid mini film with Benny Hill in it, but I believe that deep down inside we are all ashamed and know better.<p>P.S. I'm not anti-Caine. Zulu is good.<p>P.P.S. Has anyone mentioned that Escape From LA is a remake of Escape From New York yet? That seems like a pithy and insightful comment to add. Also, the silver surfer is too silver.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by dopepope

    he should just play SNAKE in the MGS movie.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by Kloipy

    Lo-Pan will fucking stab a baby in the fucking face, and lick the blood off his sword afterwords.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    So they're just remaking the entire Carpenter output?

    by BitterMan23

    a Thing remake is on deck too, no? Call me when they get to Memoirs of an Invisible Man.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    EFNY=bliss, EFLA=really awful..

    by Billyeveryteen

    Still, I want Escape from Somewhere, but I heard Snake Pliskin was dead.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Damn Franklin you beat me to the remake gag!

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Now you an even bigger curr! Yeah I said it! Curr!!! CURRRRR!!! (I actually don't know what curr means by the way, I could be calling you a fluffy bunnykins for all I know).

  • March 13, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Leave Snake alone, or let Russell do it.

    by Giant Fish

    I'd love to see Snake again, but only Russell is Snake. You can't just slap an eyepatch on some other dude. Kurt rules. He kicked Elvis in the shins, how cool is that?

  • March 13, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Lucas is remaking Star Wars

    by Wave Motion Gun

    One scene at a time.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Screw this. Carpenter needs to make part 3.

    by The Atomic Worm

    "Escape from Earth" or "Escape from New Orleans"

  • March 13, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Also, I like EFLA

    by The Atomic Worm

    It's a huge guilty pleasure

  • March 13, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    We all know it's a stupid mini film

    by Lost Prophet

    and it has got that national embarrasment Benny Hill in it. However, It's still cool as fuck, hugely quotable, and just plain amusing. Things the sequel aren't. We're also not starved of classics either. Ignoramus. <p> this trend for remaking carpenter reminds me of the one where they remade the Caine films- Alfie, The Italian Job, Get Carter etc, and look at the fucking abominations that resulted. So far on the Carpenter remake trail we have a piss poor Precinct 13, a fucking truly awful Fog, and a retard version of Halloween coming. Anyone else see the similarities?

  • March 13, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    BitterMan: Thanks, i'd almost forgotten about Memoirs!

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    You sir are a curr....ok I REALLY need to stop that now!

  • March 13, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Hey Mori...

    by genro

    What does Carpenter say about this? I thought he had some ownership on this one, especially after Debra Hill passed. In fact, doesn't Kurt have some type of control? I thought that was apart of his EFLA deal.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    It's a remake, buddy, not a sequel

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    And I'll take a version with Seth Green over one with Benny Hill any day. Also, quoting the 'bloody doors off' thing was officially worn out back in 1987. You're actually not allowed to do it anymore. I think they passed a law or something - even the Queen was sick of it.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Kurt's a god. Butler is making a huge mistake.

    by genro

    Moritz is a fucking idiot to think this will work.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Right, let's set this straight. Yes EFNY was remade....

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    as ESLA, and yes KR and JC need to make the third film Escape from Earth. NOW JUST LET IT LIE!!!! Talk about repeat yourselves......currs. Ok that's it, i'm off to get thesaurus and get a new insult!

  • March 13, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    For Big_Bubbaloola

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    cur<p>noun<p>1. an inferior dog or one of mixed breed<p>2. a cowardly and despicable person<p>Seems a little harsh, but Lost Prophet will probably agree with you. He thinks I am an ignoramus! That's what I get for attacking a national treasure, I suppose.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    TAKING BETS NOW - The New Snake Will Be Black

    by genro

    wait and see how "urban" and "contemporary" this film gets.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I meant remake

    by Lost Prophet

    fuck knows why I typed sequel.<p>must be work and this horrible news combined with that horrid Italian Job suggestion melting my tiny little mind. <p> sorry about that,

  • March 13, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Franklin: Agreed that the 'Bloody doors' is past it.

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    How about "My dear, everybody in the wooorld is bent". Noel Coward RIP.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Franklin: Sorry about the 'Cur' thing then.

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    But for the love of God don't go to an England home game and say that the Italian Job was crap. It will only end in tears.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I know that quote is past it

    by Lost Prophet

    I just was suffering from an irrational fit of rage and for some reason that is the first one that popped into my head (probably because it is so abused).<p> How about "You must learn, Keats, there are more things to life than breaking and entering." <p>Noel Coward RIP

  • March 13, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Christ,I wake up to THIS?!?


    When are you assholes going to stop paying money to see this shit!You KNOW they're only remaking stuff because remakes are "hip" and NOT because they actually have good ideas,don't you?When Paul W.S. Anderson,Rob Cohen,Ewe Boll,rob zombie or one of Michael Bay's video director cronies gets attatched don't say I didn't warn you when you should have fucking known better from the second you heard it would be done.Half of you shitheads are stuck supporting remakes now because of your stance on zombies SHALLOWEEN and can't backtrack now.See what you've done?We expect Hollywood to run this shit up the flagpole but do you fuckheads really need to salute it?

  • March 13, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Maximizing my time

    by shellfishh

    I was stuck in a car repair waiting room and read the latest Maxim. It has some great pictures of Christina Aguilera, by the way. <p>And it DIDN'T call "Big Trouble in Little China" the worst movie of all time. It called it the 'Best Bad Movie of all Time". I love BTiLC and wasn't at all insulted by that listing. It is a GREAT bad movie.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Blackface is not cool, genro

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    You know, sensitivity and that. I guess they could make the actor mentioned in the title of this article appear more 'urban' (to use the parlance of our times) with CGI and whatnot, but I can't see it flying with the NAACAP.<p>Saying that, if they were going to recast, the only man for the job is Wesley Snipes. He would make a great Snake Plissken. Okay, it would basically be Blade with an eyepatch, but what the hell is wrong with that?

  • March 13, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by Big_Bubbaloola

    what have you started BringingSexyBack!

  • March 13, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Four pointless remakes in one !

  • March 13, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    That's NAACP, obviously

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Fucking hell, I'm going home. Cheers, Ain't It Cool types!

  • March 13, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Maybe i'm not very good at this.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST


    by Big_Bubbaloola

    God knows you'd want to.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet

    It took me 20 years to get the fuck out.

  • March 13, 2007, 11 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet

    alternatively called drowning on the titanic

  • March 13, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • March 13, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

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    by Pound Sand

  • March 13, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet

    or, as it is better known, POSTING ON AICN IN OFFICE HOURS. <p> gotta love it.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet


  • March 13, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet


  • March 13, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Butler in Godfather Remake?

    by D_T

    Yes! "Sicilians, tonight we dine in Mario's!!"

  • March 13, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by DirkVega

    Maybe someone has posted this already, but, coincidentally, a tongue-and-cheek trailer was made for a nonextistent remake of CALIGULA, and who is in it? Gerard Butler! Along with Milla Jovovich and Helen Mirren. It might still be on youtube...

  • March 13, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by dekionplexis

    ..ah,..think I'll stay a while.. - Pliiiiiiisssskeeeeeeen!

  • March 13, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Thought He'd Be Taller ...

    by doubledumbassonyou

    Anyone how has listened to the EFNY & BTiLC commentaries with Carpenter & Russell know that they have a true love for these characters. I would love nothing more for Kurt to come back and play Snake once more. Sure EFLA was a shitfest but it had its moments. Gerard Butler is getting noticed, I'm happy for him ... I'm hoping Death Proof will do for Russell what Pulp Fiction did for Travolta ... make him a marketable actor again. For too long Russell has been playing drunk dads and miscreants. This will be his return to form, Carpenter will get his ass in gear and a Third Escape movie will get done (or maybe BTiLC2?)

  • March 13, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    JackPumkinhead -> C:2

    by D_T

    Nice find:

  • March 13, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Best remake ever?

    by Tinfang

    That's easy, 'The Lord of the Rings'. Yeah, you have to count that Bakshi abortion. Talk about a no brainer. O the hoot!<p> C'mon people, the original 'Escape From NY' wasn't exactly up there with Larry of Arabia now was it? It could stand to use modern SFX and Butler would be just as believable as Kurt (though Kurt ain't too old to do it either!). I'm with the "I'd rather see something original!" crowd though.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by godoffireinhell

    The original could use some remaking but not with that dumbass Neal Moritz on board.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Escape from Earth is a bad idea.

    by Seph_J

    It implies space ships and crap like that. Wrong genre, dudes. Kurt Russell on a space ship is NOT Snake Pliskin. I believe I posted a far better continuation of the series earlier in the talkback. <P> IF you were remaking EFNY, who would have the Donald Pleasance role? Malcolm McDowell again? other ideas?

  • March 13, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I dare ANYONE to put a positive spin on this

    by Doctor_Sin

    Because if you do, you are fucking joking and need to die expeditiously. Even an asskissing "I don't know if this is a good or bad idea" is a piece of shit response.<p>Remaking this is a bad fucking idea and needs to just be put away.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Don't do it, you assholes

    by Vern

    If Gerard wants to be in it that's fine, I don't blame him. But what about these assholes that want to MAKE it?<p> Don't give me that "I'm a huge fan of the original" bullshit because it ain't true. If you were a huge fan you'd see as clear as day that Kurt Russell is still Snake Plissken and you'd be trying to make a new Snake Plissken movie. I mean, it's already been remade as ESCAPE FROM LA anyway, we don't need that story again.<p> Why don't you boys make up a NEW character and story for Gerard that incorporates what you like about ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK but also the drastic, ridiculous changes you were gonna make to "re-imagine" it? I'll tell you why, because what you like about ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is the title. And maybe the eyepatch. Don't worry bud, we'll give you the eyepatch for free. Just stay the fuck away from Snake.<p> Thanks fellas.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by BGDAWES

    I was wondering when you'd chime in...

  • March 13, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Vern Speaks the truth

    by Lost Prophet

    wankers. <p>It's amazing that every time they declare their adoration for the original they then fuck it right in the arse.<p> scum

  • March 13, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by Boba Fat

    Benny Hill is as English as Fish & Chips, shit weather and tossing it off all day on a talkback when you should be working. Leave the Hill alone. There's no shame in enjoying watching an couple of old men being chased around a field by ladies in suspenders.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST


    by Doctor_Sin

    "Let's make Snake a single dad and give him two kids who actually help him save the day - a son who is a smart aleck prankster and a daughter who is a brilliant and sassy team leader. We'll also give Snake a love interest who happens to be a tough-talking bounty hunter who happens to know security codes all over NY and is able to save Snake's ass. Just to emasculate Snake even more, let's not give him usual weaponry, but a gaggle of super-hi-tech laser guns and shit so that we can crank up the action, but not the violence and still get a PG-13 movie."

  • March 13, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Hey, YB

    by Lost Prophet

    We need ESCAPE FROM THE MAN-CATS<p> or any original idea. Any.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by D_T

    I hate when an actor becomes "hot property" - because it becomes too simple for the machine to say "OK, what properties do we own/can we buy to toss this guy into". If I were Butler I'd shop around for a indie film, show my acting chops, THEN whore myself out (maybe the Kurt Russel character in the 3rd remake of Titanic?) [...]

  • March 13, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    like i said

    by Kloipy

    Lo-Pan+Stabbing babies=best movie premise of all time. Yes I said premise, cause that would be the whole fucking movie

  • March 13, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    It's the Spielberg flaw

    by Lost Prophet

    count the amount of his films with nauseating children in them. It is a suprising amount.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    By the way Moriarty

    by Vern

    In Sparta, every man is responsible for his words. We kill messengers in Sparta. Sparta this and Sparta that. SPARTAAAA!!!

  • March 13, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    What a great remake!!!!

    by number5withabullet

    Actually, why don't we just combine ALL of Carpenter's movies and remake them into the "Memoirs of the Starman Prince" trilogy, where the films are entitled "Chapter One: They lived with Ghosts from Mars, and Escaped", "Chapter Two: Big Trouble with the Vampire Christine", and finally the rollicking last act, "In the Mouth of a Damned Thing... in The Fog."

  • March 13, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    So,Mr."give the HALLOWEEN remake a chance"Verm


    chimes in.It's like that old saying about the Nazis.1st they come for AASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 & THE FOG,then they come for HALLOWEEN,now it's ESCAPE FROM N.Y. etc.In my book anyone against this that isn't also against the HALLOWEEN rerape is an unequivical hypocrite.I don't care how much you love THE DEVIL'S RETARDS.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Escape From Earth....The Thing Returns

    by liljuniorbrown

    Bigger Trouble in Little China, They Live Again!!!! and the list goes on of Carpenter sequels that have to be made sometime in this century. We all have to wonder what happened to the creativity of guys like Carpenter and Craven. Are there best days behind them for good? Two long post just to say what I think everyone else is thinking....WE WOULD MUCH RATHER PAY TO SEE A GOOD SEQUEL OR FOLLOW UP THAN ANOTHER DAMN REMAKE. NO KURT RUSSELL?, NO SNAKE PLISSKEN!!!

  • March 13, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Escape from Lo-Pan

    by Kloipy

    it would be 2 minutes long

  • March 13, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Escape From Witch Mountain

    by Boba Fat

    Where Snake comes across two kids who are aliens and rides in a levitating RV. Before the kids zoom off in a UFO.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    It's all Zombie's fault...

    by Spikes Brain

    I was trying to remember who did the lousy theme song for Escape From LA. I looked it up, and it was White Zombie. Dude, we get it, you're hairy and you like old horror movies. Could you please go away now?

  • March 13, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I know I spelled "unequivocal" wrong ,dammit


    zombie would have said "fucking" instead.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Tootsie 2: Return to Dustin Hoffman's ass

    by Kloipy

    starring Lo-Pan

  • March 13, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    As the President said on Air Force One

    by Doctor_Sin

    "Get this MOTHERFUCKING Snake off of this MOTHERFUCKING plane!"

  • March 13, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST

    "Escape from Earth: Captain Ron's Revenge"

    by number5withabullet

    I think I might be the only one who rememebers that OTHER movie where Russell donned an eyepatch.

  • March 13, 2007, noon CST



    Remaking Citizen Cain. The worst idea fucking ever. EFNY is a nearly perfect film in tone and execution. I can see an update, with newly redone special effects, maybe a directors cut to get the beginning readded, but a remake? COME ON. Thats the dumbest idea since greedo shooting first.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Escape From AICN

    by Boba Fat

    Chubby geek, Snake Foreskin, tries to escape from his computer screen after getting all giddy over an entertaining talkback. But he needs a toilet break. Can he do it? or will he piss himself?

  • March 13, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Hey YB

    by Lost Prophet

    I think a square go between the MAN-CATS and the son of god would be interesting- provided it wasn't done in a South Park "Super Friends" kind of way. Don't play it for laughs, man, don't. <p> Remake! Pah- we've just shown more originality than the carpenter raping twats.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Will they CGI in the World Trade Center buildings

    by ATARI

    that's all I want to know

  • March 13, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    no number5withabullet some of us do remember...


    no matter how hard we try to forget.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    My Pet Goat: Desert Storm 2

    by Kloipy

    with cameo by Lo-Pan on drums

  • March 13, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    More ideas for remakes

    by Samuel Fulmer

    to come from Hollywood if Carpenter ever gets the chance to direct another film. Actually, maybe this is why he's been staying away from theaters since Ghosts of Mars.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Hey, isn't it time someone remade "300"?

    by BenBraddock

    It's been out all of 2 weeks

  • March 13, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by lofe101

    i agree with you a 100%. if there is going to be a new escape, Josh holloway is more than perfect. as much as i dont mind butler, holloway looks and sounds the part. if he is not this snake, then he should be the other snake in metal gear solid. or if not, kurt russel could still pull it off.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    301 Spartans

    by Samuel Fulmer

    starring Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Just out of curiosity

    by Lost Prophet

    Isn't Ghosts of Mars a remake of Assault on Precinct 13, which was a remake? <p>or am I being stupid?

  • March 13, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Coming this Summer...

    by Kloipy

    Larry the Cable Guy is GOAT FUCKER. he's a retarded steel worker with a heart of gold and a dick that seeks out goats. He must go through trials and tribulations to find the spirit within. Lo-Pan

  • March 13, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Rip-Offs over Remakes

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Because I'll take a Psycho rip-off like Dressed to Kill anyday over a shot for shot remake. Who would have thought Hollywood would have every one championing the days when directors and producers would rip-off other films instead of remaking them?

  • March 13, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    don't do that

    by Lost Prophet

    BSB will have a coronary,<p> can I have a wine making machine? Just to accelerate my decline into cirrosis driven stupidity, you understand. If I have a wine-making machine I might be able to consume enough so that this shitty remake seems like a good idea. Or I may die trying.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    My only problem with remakes is...

    by gorydon

    That the studios are not focusing on more original material. I don't care if a movie I love gets remade. The original will always be there. Plus more people will see the original because of the remake. For example, "Hey man, have you seen Dawn of the Dead?"-"Yes I have, but I like the original better."-"Oh, it's a remake? I'll have to check the old one out."...I think they should make Metal Gear Solid over an EFNY remake though. Butler would be great as that Snake.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Escape From El Este

    by Doctor_Sin

    Starring Carlos Mencia. A new Taco Bell is under siege by rampaging hoodlums. Carlos Mencia plays an inner-city teacher who braves going in to rescue the employees.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    Pull my finger.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I did nothing for society:The Anna Nichole Smith Story

    by Kloipy


  • March 13, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    i'm gonna get murdered for this one

    by Kloipy

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2: The Richard Jeni story

  • March 13, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by Spikes Brain

    Snake breaks into the San Fernando Valley to rescue Steve Perry, who's been held prisoner by terrorists since 1989.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    At least it's not a prequel!

    by Doctor_Sin

    "The Young Plissken Chronicles"

  • March 13, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    or the Kaning

    by Lost Prophet

    bondage is fun

  • March 13, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Kloipy, I thought it was funnny in a macabre way

    by Doctor_Sin

    I approve.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    well, butler could kick the sh*t outta kurt russell.

    by JacksonsPole

    don't get me wrong. escape from new york, and hell even LA, were some of my favorite flicks of all time. but after watching 300, in IMAX, last night Butler has my vote to be the next Snake Plissken. hell, they should get Snyder to direct and make an all new cult classic. BUTLER KICKS ASSS!

  • March 13, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Today is a remake of yesterday

    by Spandau Belly

    with a reimagined hangover.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    My next appearance in court is a remake of my last time

    by Spandau Belly

    only with hipper younger judge that the kids can relate to.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I am a remake of my father

    by Spandau Belly

    same alcoholism but with a fresher hip-hop soundtrack.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Mark Wahlberg IS Snake Plissken

    by Spikes Brain


  • March 13, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    My life is a remake of The Getaway

    by Spandau Belly

    only with a copy of Maxim instead of Ali McGraw and a drinking problem instead of a cunning sense of strategy and relfex.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    My vomit is a remake of my breakfast

    by Spandau Belly

    but with better CGI and Will Smith.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Escape From Medfield:

    by Wyatt Wingfoot

    Dexter Riley Versus Snake Plissken. <br><br> To. The. DEATH!!!! <br><br> Computer Gotta Wear Tennis Shoes!

  • March 13, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    300 was a remake of my last guys night out

    by Spandau Belly

    only with 299 more guys and in the movie they didn't get thrown out of the strip club for barfing on the stage.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I Robot: The Al Gore Story

    by Kloipy


  • March 13, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    What I did to those guys who looked at me funny

    by Spandau Belly

    was a remake of what I did in Vietnam, only this time I was punished by the government instead of rewarded.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    My new bride is a remake of my ex-wife

    by Spandau Belly

    only with a hip new Russian mail-order spin to appeal to those video game-playing kids.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    150 million for Watchmen

    by AlwaysThere

    You're a madman, Mr. Snyder. A madman.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    funnily enough

    by Lost Prophet

    Today seems like a remake of yesterday: went to work. Spent all day tooling about on AICN- only the topic is different. <p>They should fire me really.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    The remake of my haunting childhood is being realized

    by Spandau Belly

    in the form of flashbacks produced by Steve Soderberg.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The sheer number of responses on this talkback ought to give someone the hint that this is the best idea since New Coke. What you need to do is put Russell from Soldier, and Butler from 300 in the dome. To the victor goes the spoils. Special guest referee Ox Baker.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I've been on the bridge..

    by banditmania

    what a dump.

  • March 13, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    Tank Abbott

    by Spikes Brain

    ... is a remake of Ox Baker. It's all about the beard...

  • March 13, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay's Kane

    by Samuel Fulmer

    would star Kane of WWE/See No Evil fame as Charles Foster Kane. The Undertaker could play rosebud.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Not snake but maybe Solid Snake

    by Phategod1

    I think this guy would nake a better Solid Snake then Josh Holloway but not as good as Keifer Sutherland.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Prequel to the Remake of my life

    by Spandau Belly

    starring Jordana Brewster as the personification of my drinking problem getting its start while I was still in the womb.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Escape from Oz: Dorothy Does Dallas

    by Mister Man

    Anyway, remakes are gonna happen...always have, always will. It's not a current trend, by any means.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Fucking Hollywood wankers.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Leave Carpenter alone you assholes. What's next? A remake of HALLOWEEN or THE THING? Oh right. ASSHOLES! Just give the guy some money and a cool script. Consider it an investment: THis way you get to remake more movies five years from now. I hate these fuckers. (And I love Vern)

  • March 13, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Escape from Cleveland...

    by rbatty024

    Come on everyone wants to know what happened in Cleveland. That running gag was the only good part of Escape from LA. Plus, my home city needs the publicity. You may have escaped from New York but can you survive Cleveland?

  • March 13, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Directors that make remakes....

    by BillyPilgrim

    Are visionless morons.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Bad idea....just bad. Bad.

    by Cellar Door

    I'm glad GB is gettin his due...I've liked most everything he's been in even tho most do not (ex. Reign of Fire). But a remake of EFNY conceptually sucks on many levels. Though the idea of Escape from Earth (with Russel as Snake of course) has some microscopic merit to it...anything else in that franchise is doomed to suckage unless they extract the concept alone and make something else entirely with different characters and then reference the earlier material to earn the name "Escape from <whatever>". But even then...imagine all the out of work screenwriters trying to get original stuff looked at when the only thing seemingly greenlit are freakin remakes!! No more remakes...and leave Carpenter's early work's all classic camp (Big Trouble) or kick ass sci-fi & horror (The Thing & Halloween repsec). STOP already!!! Give an out of work screenwriter a gig for chrissakes!!

  • March 13, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Snake on a train??

    by Snikkar124

    Don`t fuck with the classics

  • March 13, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Now I'm Pissed!

    by Snake Foreskin

    First they put me in a movie with Peter Fonda, now they want me to be played by some ninny with a speech impediment! I get no respect.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by caravaggio

    so sick of remakes. get Gerald to do a futuristic movie- an OG movie. not a fucking remake. so tired.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Why remake it? Just make Metal Gear Solid the movie

    by Orionsangels

    Oh and here I thought I was being unique by mentioning this, grrr

  • March 13, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    TASG in....Escape From The Shitter!

    by BillyPilgrim

    I'm not a full fledged moviephile so I don't know this but... Did folks growing up in the 40's have to watch endless horrible remakes in 60's? I just want to know when this shit started.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    All the Carpenter remakes

    by DirkD13"

    Yet the guy can't seem to get his own shit together. It's such a damn shame because Sir John Carpenter is and always will be, a legend amongst legends. I pray for his directorial comeback, when the 'yoof' of today get to experience some awesome Carpenter magic. The guy used to fart cult classics for fun, he's surely got more in him!

  • March 13, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by cahcat

    Why remake Escape From New York?! Why? Oh God Why? Remake craze will drive me to an early grave!

  • March 13, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Words to live by

    by Snake Foreskin

    "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." Robert A. Heinlein

  • March 13, 2007, 2:10 p.m. CST

    No Fcuking way

    by brock landers baby

    Why are people even thinking of doing that???? I am sooo angry now,I'm going for a long walk to cool down.

  • March 13, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST

    and the real problem is

    by Right Bastard

    as with all remakes, they will completely miss the subtle political and social commentary, and present nothing but a steaming pile of stylistic crap.

  • March 13, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    The ending of ESCAPE FROM L.A. was classic.

    by Gilkuliehe

    The whole movie wasn't as good but it was fun. It has Bruce Campbell as a crasy plastic surgeon for fuck's sake! And what an ending. I say get Carpenter and Russel to make ESCAPE FROM EARTH after Plissken shut down the planet.

  • March 13, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Shya le Beef (whatever) will play Snake Junior.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    "Snake! I hate Snake!"

  • March 13, 2007, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Right Bastard...

    by rbatty024

    you're, right, I guess. Look at the Dawn of the Dead remake that just didn't understand the original. Politics don't get put into big budget films. You're only going to find politics in small genre cult classics.

  • March 13, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Several studios?

    by cekma

    Doesn't one studio own the rights? How can several studios be trying to get the project? Shouldn't CAA package only be pitched to those that own the material, how the hell can other studios come on board besides giving some cash and getting a some back.

  • March 13, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Gerard can do better

    by Demosthenes2

    He's a very good action star indeed, but unlike many action stars, he can actually handle other genres as well, and I'd hate to see him pigeonholed. Of course he's probably not complaining if the action movies rake in the cashola as they tend to do. Nevertheless, I think he's a strong enough lead to establish his own iconography rather than inherit someone else's iconography in an unasked-for remake.

  • March 13, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    Just... no. To all of it. Hell no.

  • March 13, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    If they are going to remake it...

    by ELGordo

    How are they going to top the classic scene where Snake lands on the World Trade center in his glider? Have him land on the unbuild Freedom tower or some generic skyscraper midtown Manhattan?

  • March 13, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by slappy jones

    terrible terrible idea....

  • March 13, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by misnomer

    ITS BARELY 25 YEARS OLD FOR CHRIST SAKES!!!!!'s actually a cool movie ....and it's one that would lend itself to updating....but Ill always love the original too much.

  • March 13, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    just dont touch "They Live," "Lost Boys" & "Weird

    by misnomer

    Science" that's all I ask. please. I mean, I'm only 23 for effs sake. Is that "old" these days? But it feels like it when all the films I cherished as a kid are being pointlessly remade. If they MUST remake this movie, just use the concept...change the title and the central character.

  • March 13, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    This remake will never happen.

    by slone13

    It just won't.

  • March 13, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Anybody ever seen Butler's screen test forDracula 2000?

    by Captain Happy

    fucking heee-larious! You must see. He's wearing eyeliner...

  • March 13, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Plissken and Burton

    by Playhouse

    Kurt Russell nailed these guys. Two characters you definitely do not remake or recast. It would be like remaking Star Trek and casting someone else as James T. Kirk. Oh wait...

  • March 13, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Peter Falk as Snake Plisken! Not Avaiable? Then..

    by BigTuna

    Sandy Duncan.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by datachasm

    i wake up and i see this! IM GOING BACK TO BED!!! FAWK U hack remakers... before EFNY there was no EFNY... Carpenter had to labor up a script... so you lazy fucks with all your money to burn should do the same thing and tell a new story.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by longevitymonk

    snakes on John god..please dont let it be true..kurt russell isnt too old to do another sequal!! WTF us going on! Everyone is going to remake JC's stuff now...has the old man gone batty...if anyone but JC tries to remake Big Trouble In Little China without Kurt Russell..I will personaly bitch slap them!

  • March 13, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by OgieOglethorpe

    Just leave it alone, guys. Now is NOT the time... give it another TWENTY years, and then *maybe* start thinking about it. Until then, try & come up with something original, eh?

  • March 13, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Remakes better than the original?

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Dawn of the Dead. There, I said it.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    its all in the relflexes

    by rdsxfan8

    thats all I got on that one. oh and does anyone know where i can get an asian with Green eyes? just curious

  • March 13, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Il never understand

    by magnetoelectric

    First off,what happened with those animated prequels?? Why?Why do they still pull this shit?Why is it always our generations childhood that gets raped?What,nobody wants to remake "The Searchers"???And even if they do remake EFNY,how do they consider that "success"?If it made 100 million opening weekend .you cant turn to a hottie and say"I made that"because,you didnt. Who gets the blame?The hack writers? Or the Hollywood suits who wont take risks?

  • March 13, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    why don't they remake something that SUCKS???

    by El Borak

    instead of tryingtore-do good movies. is nothing sacred?

  • March 13, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by Cult Exiter

    Press ESC.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Heck, might as well go for another corner of the US, this time instead of Chock Full o' Nuts in the background it's Starbucks. Bad guy's HQ is the Space Needle.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    and... N.Y.C. is the most overrated story location.

    by Cult Exiter

    The favorite of self-sucking writers and directors.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Blaidd


  • March 13, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by hif4life

    fuck this remake, fuck hollywood, fuck michael bay......

  • March 13, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by Blaidd

    Comon 313 posts and the Harry Potter does dallas talkback gets 474, which is more in need of a good rant..

  • March 13, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I wonder how long it will be before...

    by mrfan

    they remake the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Escape from Little China! Snake Vs Jack Burton!


    Oh and Oceans 11 remake was better than the original! Brom XXX

  • March 13, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler always looks like he's about to cry

    by CTU Mole

    He's too emo to play Snake. And how are they going to handle the WTC? You can't have a movie set in the future in NYC without addressing that.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Stupid, Ridiculous and Laughable.

    by uss cygnus

    Why not re-make EP IV, V, & VI while you're at it? Hollywood is a living joke.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    @ The Battle of Wolf 359. Now THAT would be a movie.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Good idea = one that's already made money

    by kevred

    That seems to be the one and only equation in Hollywood minds. Not an as-yet-unfilmed story that someone reads and thinks, "what a great idea--people will love it!" Rather, one that an executive looks at in a box-office/video-revenue report and thinks, "what a commodity with a proven track record! Between the brand recognition, and advertising, we can score a notable opening weekend and make a profit by the time DVD sales are in, guaranteed." Not that Hollywood's ever been about altriusm. But would any of, say, Carpenter's classic 70s-80s run of films be given a second look if they were just being introduced as screenplays today? "Big Trouble in *what*? Prince of Dark*NOT*!" would be as far as they'd get. And so long as they keep making a predictable profit, however meager, the rehashes will keep getting cranked out 'til we've run out of retro. Is there any chance the teenage hordes who flock to the opening nights of such remake-dreck can change their ways and sabotage this evil trend? One season of poor opening weekends for these types of pics could slam on the brakes.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    No Russell, no Snake

    by acebandage

    Do a sequel, not a remake!

  • March 13, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    youre the duke, youre the duke

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    no way. i dunno who this gerard butler is but i think he's crap if he even dares try to be snake plissken. that movie, along with big trouble should never be remade. only a sequel. i loved escape from l.a. and think the ending rocked. i'd love to see the 3rd one take place in that world. not a stupid remake. there's a fresh idea out there for part 3, yes it's gonna be the same plot but at least it's not a total remake, think of a new idea. maybe they'll still make the anime sequel/prequel. and there was a short ran comic book series.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    only remake bad movies

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    remake bad movies that had good ideas that wer'nt executed well the firt time around. like some ed wood movie or something. i dunno.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Baltar

    can't ya hear it now... "TONIGHT, WE DINE AT YEN-CHING"!!!! Don't know if Butler can pull off piloting the Pork Chop Express though.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    You can't completely blame Hollywood...

    by rbatty024

    after all, it is the audience who continually pay good money to be handed over trash. Especially when it comes to crappy horror movie remakes. The executives will claim this is what the populace want, and the sad thing is, they might be right.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Get Kurt Russell again

    by photoboy

    Seriously, just look at him in the Grindhouse trailer, age just makes him look even more cooler as Snake. There's no need to re-cast, just get Russell again. It's all in the reflexes!

  • March 13, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Butler as action star: Timeline and Tomb Raider 2

    by Charles Grady

    Why wasn't he THE HOT, EMERGING ACTION STAR after handling the male action lead duties in those two movies? They were B.O. disappointments for reasons independent of Butler, just as 300 is a smash for reasons independent of Butler. This is hardly immediately-post-Titanic DiCaprio "star" buzz here, where it might've made sense to start wheeling out the big paydays. This is a journeyman actor who happened into a big hit. No one going in went because it starred Butler, and I'm sure 75% of the audience that flocked to it wouldn't have recognized Butler on their TV in "Dear Frankie" a mere hour later. You'd think after the Vin Diesel and Alicia Silverstone (to name but two of dozens of examples) overhype, studios wouldn't be so quick to assume the lead in a big hit doesn't automatically warrant 10-20 mil for their next pic. And I say this as a Gerald Butler FAN. He's just not a STAR, at least not on the basis of holding a fairly anonymous lead role in one smash movie.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Escape from Sex & Drugs?

    by triplefive

    The Jake The Snake Roberts Story...i got nuthin.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell is the only Snake

    by longevitymonk

    Just ask anyone who has played Medal Gear Solid for 20 hours+.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by longevitymonk

    Don't even say it! You will embolden them. It seems to me: Tonight we dine on John Carpenters corps!!!

  • March 13, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell is God

    by kwisatzhaderach

    John Carpenter is the Messiah. And anybody trying to remake Escape From New York will be struck down and utterly destroyed. In the meantime anybody got Carpenter's phone number? I need to get him my Escape From San Francisco treatment starring Kurt as Snake and Michael Biehn as his long lost brother. Classic.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by Frank Black

    Who else wants to scream whenever they hear more remake news?

  • March 13, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Frank Black

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Count me in.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    He Should Play...

    by Alen Smithee

    Fresno Bob

  • March 13, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    "I know a place upstate, they'll never find him...WHAT THE?!? He's GONE!"

  • March 13, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by genro

    I'm describing a studio tactic, and one I very much believe, will be considered for this project. If you think about, EFNY lends itself perfectly to what A&M labels "urban" films. I agree Snipes could play a decent Snake but we're living in fantasyland if a studio won't want to do to this what they did to The Warriors. Maybe Jay-Z can play The Duke.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:52 p.m. CST

    This is the worst idea

    by JuanSanchez

    int the long, sad history of bad ideas.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST


    by Bronx Cheer


  • March 13, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    A couple points for you, Torture Pwn

    by Vern

    1. I never told YOU to give Halloween remake a chance, I just said I was gonna.<p> 2. There are two main ways this is different from a Halloween remake: A. Michael Meyers has already been played by 7 or 8 different guys, sometimes badly. Snake Plissken has only been played by one guy, and to perfection. B. I don't want them to make anymore sequels to Halloween. I DO want them to make sequels to Escape From New York.<p> 3. I know you are a smarter guy than you are letting on and can see that there are shades of grey in the world. You don't have to be such a fundamentalist about this shit.<p> 4. In my opinion, corny Mad Magazine style parody titles weaken your argument, they don't strengthen them. If you could come up with a better one than Devil's Retards then maybe it would help, but I doubt it.<p> 5. I'm sorry I spelled your name wrong before but what the fuck is a "Pwn" anyway, you gotta cut me some slack on this one, I don't speak hobbit.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Hugh Jackman as Snake Pliskin...

    by DarthStallion

    either that or make Escape From Earth with Russell/Carpenter.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I like the Idea of the remake...

    by LargoJr

    Mayne they can talk Richard Jenni into playing Kurt's comic relief leading into the final scene in which... (wait.. he what?.. Hmm... in that case.. never mind

  • March 13, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    So tired of remakes. And bad joke Largo Jr

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Just for the sake of it I found this online I mean yeah I can see him playing snake after seeing this picture but then again no. Kurt Russell made Snake who he was. Anyone else trying to be Snake would just be a copy of something that does not need to be redone. Not saying that the movie might not look and be fun to watch just saying what's the point other then money. And as far as that shameful joke on a great loss in Richard Jeni, eat shit Largo Jr.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Hey wait...what about...

    by DarthStallion

    Jackman and Butler in a remake of "Tango And Cash"? Hollywood is creaming their collective shorts at the thought of it!<br> <br> And don't forget Bad English doing a remake of their soundtrack song "Best Of What I've Got". Radio Dynamite!

  • March 13, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST

    LargoJr, seriously, what the hell is wrong with you?

    by Bronx Cheer

    It's not hip or funny to exploit the recently-deceased for jokes, not even if you get paid for them. It's okay to actually show some respect for the dead. AllPowerfulWizardOfOz is dead on, no pun intended.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST

    It seems like every casting decision in the TBs

    by Bronx Cheer

    is either Hugh Jackman or Hugh Jackman. How the heck did any movies get made before Hugh Jackman arrived on the scene? But "Escape from Earth," that is golden.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST

    this will happen no matter how much we protest

    by INWOsuxRED

    Escape from New York is cool. It is cool ideas and a cool character in a very very dated movie. I can still watch it, but I doubt it will be highly regarded by anyone who wasn't around when it first came out. Escape from L.A. pretty much killed any chances of a third installment of the Carpenter/Russell franchise. I'd prefer the wait be longer rather than shorter, but there is absolutely no stopping this from happening. I'm not sure if I hope it winds up in capable hands. I wouldn't mind if this crashed and burned so that there aren't any sequels and everyone forgets about the remake and remembers the original.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Next week's rumor: Gerard Butler as Spock.

    by kabong

    1. Execs greenlight remakes because it covers their asses. "I went with a proven product, so I can't be fired even if the remake flops." 2. The star of the movie at the top of the box office this week must, by Hollyweird regulation, be nominally attached to anything and everything. 3. Gerard Butler should have been James Bond instead of puffy-lip Craig.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    NO MORE CGI!!!!! EVER!!!!

    by Fing Fang Foom

    Filmmakers are getting so damn lazy. I was watching Return of the Jedi the other day and was blown away at how different and more authentic it looks than FX movies today. It looks like the French Connection or a documentary compare to today's shite. Green screen sucks! Build sets! Big sets like they used to. Plus it'll cost less and look REAL! I'll be able to suspend disbelief. Somebody please make a badass scifi action movie than looks like Midnight Express with real dirt and stuff with no post production color correction etc.... End Rant. Who's with me? Kurt Russel is still badass. He looks awesome in the Grindhouse trailer. Plissken ala more grizzed and battered. Remakes should be banned from Hollywood. Computers and remakes are stifling very creative and talented people into mediocrity and unorginal thought. Bah!

  • March 14, 2007, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Sick of stupid remakes?


    Stay the fuck home.End the trend.

  • March 14, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Josh Holloway for Snake...

    by lynxpro

    If there is to be a remake, at least Josh would be perfect for Snake. Actually, I would prefer it to be a continuation story, with Josh Holloway playing Snake Jr.

  • March 14, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    a good remake...

    by lynxpro

    I'd say in the pantheon of remakes, the modern *Ocean's 11* is a much much much better film than the original. Hell, I'd even say that the modern *Dawn of the Dead* is better than the original. It is just rare when this happens. Oh, and *Batman Begins* is much better than Burton's *Batman*. Maybe I should think of some more while I'm at it. I just wish people would remake failed movies. It is too easy to remake a hit.

  • March 14, 2007, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken

    by hadez

    And about remakes, why doesn't Stallone use his newfound "Rocky Balboa" physic and re-make "The Italian Stallion"!! ^_^

  • March 14, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Wait a minute...

    by a_guy

    I'm Confused, Was it Greedo who shot first, or the other way around???

  • March 14, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST

    gotta rag on the Abrams Trek...

    by lynxpro

    Seriously, unless Ryan Reynolds is James T. Kirk in the remake, I ain't a' seein' it, especially after reading the Abrams screenplay for what became Metrosexualman Returns.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:08 a.m. CST

    please Crom, please...absolutely no Will Smith

    by lynxpro

    And if you thought Butler was bad in the role of Snake, wait until Michael Bay gets his crabby hands on the project and asks Will Smith to be Snake... "The name is 'Ah Hellz Nah' Plisskin."

  • March 14, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    eat at Escape from New York Pizza

    by lynxpro

    It is a pizza joint up in Portland, OR. Although not as cool as Pizza Schmizza (sic) up in Portland that has a muthafrakin' Dalek inside waiting to exterminate yo azz if you order the wrong pizza.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:17 a.m. CST

    I Agree With Shermdawg

    by JohnIan

    Josh Holloway could be perfect for Snake. Hell, he alreadly looks like the character just add eye patch.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dead

    by Fing Fang Foom

    The original is waaaaayyyyyy better, c'mon!... just my opinion, with respect lynxpro. But the Honeymooners with Cedric the Entertainer blows the Gleason version out of the water. And the new Raging Bull with Vin Deisel/McG destroys the DeNiro/Scorcese. But seriously there have been good remakes. It sucks the good movies of the past are being turned into mostly crappy movies that make money but ultimately disrespect the name. Then those poor old movies never get seen by a new audience and the legacy becomes tainted. Such is Hollywood, I guess. As we get older and movies from the 80s- Predator/Back to the Future etc.. and 90s Forest Gump/Pulp Fiction etc.. are remade in twenty years, that'll suck. Originals rule!!!!!!

  • March 14, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Texas Mike O'Shea

    by Some Dude

    Butler should play this mysterious character from Snake's past, instead of actually playing Snake, if they have to go ahead with a "re-imagining." He was one of Snake's pals who got fucked over by Brain. Let's see that tragic tale.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Escape from Cleveland!

    by Fing Fang Foom

    Actually, forget it. I like not knowing what happened in that hellhole.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Escape from Cleveland!

    by Fing Fang Foom

    Actually, forget it. I like not knowing what happened in that hellhole.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Texas Mike O'Shea part 2

    by Some Dude

    That way, numerous characters could make reference to Snake being tougher than Texas Mike, giving the film the running gag like "I thought you were dead" or "I thought you'd be taller." Then get a digitally rejuvenated Russell to play Snake in a few key scenes and there we go.

  • March 14, 2007, 3:15 a.m. CST

    All things considered

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I coming down on the side of a sequel rather than a remake. I don't have the anger most seem to have about remakes, but I'd love to see Russell play Snake Plissken one more time. It's basically a riff on Clint Eastwood, so if Clint can be craggy as hell and still tough as old boots in Unforgiven, I see no reason why an older Snake won't work.<p>Come one, Hollywood types, give some thought to Seph_J's Tarantino-directed Escape From Hong Kong. That would be fucking amazing. Tarantino and Russell are buddies now, so any Snake story they come up with would be worth its weight in gold.<p>P.S. Fuck Benny Hill.

  • March 14, 2007, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Escape From Benny Hill

    by Boba Fat

    Kurt Russell is chased around a field by the zombified corpse of the "saucy" english comic for 90 minutes. The aging Russell can walk the chase sequence and they can speed the film up later.

  • March 14, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    dont know if Butler is spot on for the part but i cant complain. the original, as much as i love t, is extremely dated, so this is one i wouldnt mind someone remaking, even tho id much rather have a new "ESCAPE" films with Russel

  • March 14, 2007, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Righteous Brother....

    by Boba Fat

    I'll send you my script for "Benny Hill Has Eyes" In which the "saucy" zombified, english comic chases a family around the desert for 90 minutes and their clothes fall off.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:27 a.m. CST

    "Batman" WAY better than "Batman Begins"

    by Gozu

    Not to say "Batman Begins" wasn't a good movie, it was a lot of fun, but "Batman" basically set the stage for the modern comic book movie. There are some really dated elements (Prince, Prince, and Prince), but Keaton's a better Batman because he just seems more generally fucked up and Jack Nicholson is the Joker. The original "Dawn of the Dead" is way better than the remake, which again, is good, but still shouldn't be called "Dawn of the Dead." "Escape from New York" is a damn near perfect B-movie and honestly, I'd rather just see the original film in a theater. I mean, they re-released "Halloween" a few years back, right? I mean, isn't that cheaper and easier?

  • March 14, 2007, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Big Trouble Escaping from the Ghosts of Precinct 13

    by BannedOnTheRun

    on Halloween! In 3D!

  • March 14, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Lo-Pan will still fuck you up

    by Kloipy

    No matter who the fuck you are.

  • March 14, 2007, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet

    Still pissed off about this. <P> The original DAwn of the Dead is way better than the remake- it's just classier and more intelligent. However, there is some fun to be had from the new version. <p>Fuck Benny Hill- He is a national embarrassment, almost as bad as some of the later carry on movies. <p>YB- The corpse of tupac playing a zombie MAN CAT King David! Gold I tells Ya!

  • March 14, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST


    by onemanarmy

    The Lost Arts of Creativity & Originality. <p> Nuff said.

  • March 14, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Escape From Albert Salmi

    by DocPazuzu

    Or, as others like to call it, Born American.

  • March 14, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Why remake the first film?

    by Childe Roland

    I honestly don't have a problem with Butler pulling on the gray camo pants, shinguards and eyepatch for another Snake adventure, but why tell the same story again? That's an effed-up world Plissken lives in, and there's probably plenty more weirdness to relate from it. Hollywood can't really be so far out of ideas already, can they? I mean, they haven't even adapted the Power Pack comic book into a movie yet, why start raping corpses this fresh?

  • March 14, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    VERN RULES! -translated from the vernacular hobbitish

    by Darth_Baltar

    I am with ya 100% Vern. WTF is PWN about LOL. Some remakes sux, some are better than the original. Ya just gotta wait and see what floats to the top, the cream, or the turd.

  • March 14, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Ernest Borgnine

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    As old Snake Plisken. Hell, I wouldn't have wanted to mess with Rogo in Poseidon Adventure.

  • March 14, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Ernest Borgnine

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    As old Snake Plisken. Hell, I wouldn't have wanted to mess with Rogo in Poseidon Adventure.

  • March 14, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by HAL1987

    it would work better as a TV show - in the original doesn't Snake have 24 hours to save him before the timer in his head goes off?oooh!maybe each episode could be an hour,and it could be in real time?....just a thought...

  • March 14, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by Spacekicker2001

    The problem lies in Kurt Russell personifying (sp?) a character. It'd be like someone remaking Dirty Harry without Clint, or Indiana Jones without Harrison, or Pink Panther without Peter Sell....oh...well I like the original, I don't see a artistic reason to remake it, only a financial one, and really, is that why movies should be made?

  • March 14, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    this could be good if...

    by Kloipy

    they don't have Snake surfing

  • March 14, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I don't get this at all.....

    by BillyPilgrim

    Shut up Mr Burton! You were not brought upon this world to get it! Now who in the holy hell are they going to get to play "The Duke"?? "They sent in their best man, and when we roll across the 59th Street bridge tomorrow, on our way to freedom, we're going to have their best man leading the way - from the neck up!" [cheering erupts] "On the hood of my car!"

  • March 14, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Go back to Tralfamadore!

    by Kloipy

    my brains come unstuck

  • March 14, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    That's a GOOD point...

    by Cult Exiter

    G. Butler ain't a star...<p>And yet, t-h-e-y want to believe he is!<p>Who are THEY?! We all know, don't we...<p>ESCAPE FROM SAN FRANCISCO!

  • March 14, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Three words

    by onephatnelly

    For fuck's sake.

  • March 14, 2007, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, bacci, but just making a commentary...

    by Childe Roland

    ...on something doesn't necessarily elevate a film above a similar movie making no commentary on anything beyond what it's depicting.<p>The allegory in the original Dawn was clumsily drawn in crude, broad strokes that took much of the menace out of the "reality" of the situation in the film.<p>Watch it again, if you haven't, recently. It isn't quite as laughably, enjoyably bad as Day or as gut-wrenchingly, horribly obvious as Land, but it's crap compared to the subtle, minimalist brilliance of Night (Romero's original, which works on both levels superbly).<p>The Dawn remake realized how hamstrung the original was by the point it was constantly beating its audience over the head with and recognized that there were the makings of a potentially decent, truly scary and fun film in there somewhere.<p>Romero tried to make his series of zombie apocalypse films something they just weren't capable of becoming (and legions of fans chanting "more gore!" the way offshoot zombies in the Return franchise chanted "Brains!" didn't help his credibility any). Instead, he created a cascade of diminishing returns both in scares and in subtext.<p>Fans of his who condemn the remake and extoll the virtues of those latter original Dead films as the social and political points Romero was trying to make really just come off sounding like intellectual poseurs desperately wanting to "get" something that they believe no one else does.<p>We get it, it just didn't work.<p>And, before someone accuses me of being anti- the underlying (or, more accurately, overtly overplayed) messages in Romero's films: I bet he and I would agree on many things social and political. I just don't think he'd be able to talk very cleverly about those things.

  • March 14, 2007, 6:47 p.m. CST

    NO METAL GEAR SOLID...very misleading!

    by T 1000 xp professional

    I thought this was going to give me some news about the Metal Gear Solid pic....Honestly this Gerard Butler as Solid Snake/ Liquid will be a very good choice, almost as good as the Sean Bean pick......What does anybody think of Harrison Ford as Colonel Campbell ; ) ?

  • March 14, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST



    Sign the petition if you feel the same about the remake!

  • March 14, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    you know who i REALLY want to...

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    stick their dick in a running Go-Cart engine? Hi4life. <P> i fucking hate you. just thought you should know

  • March 15, 2007, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Probably the best and - let's be honest, gorehounds - most accurate summation of the zombie movies I've seen. I enjoy the original Dawn a lot, but it's always seemed astoundingly hamfisted in its subtext. That having been said, I was one of the people who hated the idea of a remake and subsequently was very pleasantly surprised when I finally saw it. It hasn't diminished my hatred of modern Hollywood rerapes, however, and I view it as a rare exception to the rule of suckitude.

  • March 15, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    stupid stupid producer creatures

    by 1st and only

    its been said 100 times already but if people in the industry are reading this and hopefully have half a brain "STOP FUCKING REMAKING GREAT CULT MOVIES!!" they think a remakes gonna appeal to the movie masses? duh.... even john carpenter couldnt remake 'escape from New York' when he tried it with the o.t.t 'escape from L.A' cause it was definatly more of a remake than a sequel.(surfin' pliskin....jeez) still...would make a cool toy

  • March 15, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Doc. And don't get me wrong...

    by Childe Roland

    ...I love George's stuff for what it does succeed in being (Night being brilliant, scary and subtly subversive, the rest having more in common with Night of the Coment and Shaun of the Dead than actual horror).<p>Creepshow is probably my second favorite thing he ever worked on. Perfect subject and approach for him (and King, really).<p>And I think you're generally right about remakes tending to suck. But, because of the rare exceptions (like Dawn) I'm usually more willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt and a shot at doing something fresh with the idea. I just don't see that happening with EFNY, though.

  • March 15, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by plisskenman

    Oh please, all I see here is everybody bashing the fucking movie and it hasnt even been made yet.You know all you asses will be there at the opening anyway. Give the movie a chance, besides I for one am the biggest snake plissken fan out there, and I for one approve of the remake. WHY? 1..the original was a masterpiece but still had some things to be desired, left to the imagination. so obviously with the remake they will make it into the movie it could have been in the first place. Gerard Butler will play a fine snake plissken, he'll just kick ass and talk very little. 2...the BIG PICTURE is that this will be a remake of EFNY and not effect the future of the original series.So.. once all of you go see the movie in the theater and realize that its cool and ok that will translate into a big opening no doubt...thus ....3.Carpenter will get off his ass and realize that with all the money the remake that grindhouse was also a hit... Part 3 escape from earth can be done and he and russell will get togther and make the 3rd movie. THERE YOU GO.

  • March 15, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Um, plisskenman?

    by Childe Roland

    There's no way in Hell, heaven or East St. Louis that, if the EFNY remake gets done, we will EVER see Russell in the role of Snake on the big screen again (unless they pull a young Indy Jones thing and have him narrating a flashback with bookending back-in-prison scenes). What you're suggesting is like saying the success of Batman Begins virtually guarantees another Burton/Keaton Batman movie. Not gonna happen.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Cmon, Childe........

    by plisskenman

    Childe, wasnt the reason why carpenter hasnt done a 3rd movie because after the EFLA bombing at the theaters he thought there wouldnt be any interest in another movie? well all he needs is to wait and see how well the remake of EFNY does. How can you expect him to not want a piece of his own pie again?? remember EFLA was made in 1998 thats almost 10 years ago. movie audiences and SFX have changed.IF they had butler do a EFE, then i would be mad as hell.The batman series has been sequential yes, but with different batmans, so no case there cause the stortlines follow the original of the first. batman begins is a different timeline.

  • March 16, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Picks For The Parts in EFNY Remake..

    by plisskenman

    Who besides Butler would you want in the remake?

  • March 22, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell has Denounced it!!!!

    by havehope

    Yes, the REAL Plissken has said it's a load of rubbish. Bring Russell back!!!!!!! NO REMAKE!!!! ESCAPE FROM EARTH/REALITY!!!!!