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Well, it looks like it’s official now. As rumored the other day, Gerard Butler and Neal Moritz are attached to star in and produce the upcoming remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, and New Line “won” the chance to release it. Here’s VARIETY’s story on the whole rotten thing.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • March 16, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Stop the remake PETITION!


    Sign here, stop the madness!

  • March 16, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Yeah I agree

    by Redfive!

    Now how many good carpenter remakes have there been...a show of hands...anybody,anybody...oh NONE.So why are they gonna remake this??..Plus sorry GB Liked ya in 300 but you aint no SNAKE.

  • March 16, 2007, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by Lord_Soth


  • March 16, 2007, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Escape From The Theater! Wait...I won't even be there!

    by FilmCritic3000

    At this rate Carpenter won't be happy until all of his films are remade. Are you ready for "They Live" with Justin Timberlake and Method Man?

  • March 16, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST

    LOL they are so stupid

    by kingoflight

    nuff said

  • March 16, 2007, 4:34 a.m. CST

    In the name of all that's good and holy...

    by KnightShift

    ...make it stop make it stop MAKE IT STOP!!!!!!

  • March 16, 2007, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Studio heads should just start shooting us

    by IndustryKiller!

    Are they purposely trying to kill all joy in this world? Do they hate us that much?? It's just to the point of vindictiveness. You KNOW it's going to turn into a huge homogenized mess like every single other remake. What makes me ill is thinking about the inevitable apologists that will start to seep out of the woodwork when the film gets close to completion. The only thing worse than an Escape from New York remake is people half assedly attempting to justify it and calling everyone who doesn't a "hater".

  • March 16, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Wow Filmcritic

    by IndustryKiller!

    A remake of They Live with Justin Timberlake and Method Man sounds frighteningly precognative. I think when that happens it's time for me to just go join Al-Qaeda.

  • March 16, 2007, 4:42 a.m. CST


    by Playkins

    I can't believe they're remaking this. It TOTALLY sucks because I just know I'll be FORCED to go see it. Damn Hollywood, why won't you just leave me ALONE and stop making me spend money on movies I don't want to see!

  • March 16, 2007, 4:45 a.m. CST

    And I forgot to add...

    by Playkins

    ...what's worse is that the original will CEASE TO EXIST after the remake is out. Infact, my DVD copy will be reposessed and destroyed. I mean, damn!

  • March 16, 2007, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Why this and not Memoirs of an Invisible Man?

    by Boondock Devil

    I mean if there was a Carpenter movie that could have been improved on this was the movie.. not Escape from NY.

  • March 16, 2007, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Is Snake going to wear a GOT TO SHIT eyepatch?

    by Boondock Devil

    That does seem to be all the rage in Carpenter remakes nowadays.

  • March 16, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    I heard that it will be a totally different movie.

    by mrfan

    He will wear the patch on the other eye.

  • March 16, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Fuck New Line

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Thats about all I have to say. Nice to see Carpenter getting paid though. Too bad he'll never get to fulfill his dream to shoot a western.

  • March 16, 2007, 5:11 a.m. CST

    I will see this 'pic' six times

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    You know, just to annoy the anti-remake reactionary types. If I can still enjoy Tom Waits's Tom Traubert's Blues despite its awful defoulment at the hands of Rod fucking Stewart, you people can see this film. I predict it will be, ahem, boffo.

  • March 16, 2007, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Noooooooooooooooo, petition link won't work

    by filmcoyote

    I must sign the petition, i must get everyone i've ever met and those I have yet to meet to sign the petition. There is only one Snake and his name is the still great Kurt Russell. This remake makes me angrier than any so far, more than Halloween (even though that's my favourite Carpenter), more than Day the Earth Stood Still (though that really rides me), but EFNY remake MUST NOT HAPPEN, period. I pasted the petition link but it says petition not found. Can anyone tell me what i'm doing wrong?

  • March 16, 2007, 5:19 a.m. CST

    What happened to New Line

    by filmcoyote

    First they announce Hobbit with no Jackson, now they are raping Carpenter for another shitty remake with a terrible casting choice - not that anyone could be good in this other than the man Kurt. What next? Must be the connection to Warner Bros, the 'crap virus' has spread.

  • March 16, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Curse of the Rings

    by Boondock Devil

    flimcoyote's got a point, it just seems like ever since the LotR trilogy that New Line has just been horrible after horrible decisions as far as their movies are concerned. I can't even remember the last good New Line movie I've seen in a movie theater.

  • March 16, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST

    I'm just wondering...

    by cornponious

    if they're making a remake of EFNY, why can't Kurt Russell play Snake again? I mean, based on Death Proof, he certainly seems fit enough to do it. Also, if you want to see the petition, take the space out of it just before the word "escape". There is apparently some rule here that you can't post a link without putting an annoying space in it somewhere.

  • March 16, 2007, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Escape from the cinema.

    by Reelheed

    The world's greatest films are hostages in the most dangerous place on Earth. The hands of the studios. Now only audience apathy can save them. Coming to cinemas near you for the rest of your life.

  • March 16, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST

    I don't get these New Line complaints

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    They seem like the same company they've always been. Haven't they consistently put out a slew of garbage along with the odd My Own Private Idaho or A History Of Violence just to mess with your head? I mean, at least they're not making Critters or House Party films anymore.

  • March 16, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST


    by filmcoyote

    genius, love it

  • March 16, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Remake happens, world ends

    by readingwriter

    I seem to recall about a decade ago when everyone was wondering where this remake madness would end. It seems Hollywood now thinks that remakes are a legit form of "A" moviemaking, not just something you toss together to make a few bucks at the bottom of a double bill. Comic books, TV shows, an okay movie from a most overrated director (please, encapsulate what's good about Carpenter's movies--the flat style, the boring scores, the high school cynicism, the lack of growth as a filmmaker over a 30-year career?), video games--any piece of pop culture debris is the kernel for a movie these days, because Hollywood is completely overrun by businessmen who get marketing "synergy" and think that means they're artists, too. But no, the world isn't over. You can stop going to movies like this, but of course everyone bitching about this movie will go see it so they can voice their opinion and say "I've seen it, so I get a say." Meanwhile, the rest of us will see Zodiac, The Fountain, and the few other really good movies that come out, and build larger DVD libraries of movies we really like...and somehow the sun will keep shining.

  • March 16, 2007, 6:20 a.m. CST

    "Are you ready for "They Live" ...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...with Justin Timberlake and Method Man?" ..... *wakes up screaming*

  • March 16, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Damn you Snake Plissken

    by Dr Gregory House

    Why'd ya have to be so damn sessy?!?!

  • March 16, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST

    if they want to remake a movie let them do dreamscape .

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    i think its a cool movie that could use a touch up....

  • March 16, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST

    I'm game

    by antonphd

    Nothing is going to replace EFNY for me, but, if they give this movie a huge ass budget and they make it Rated R, allowing Gerard Butler to continue to be in adult action movies(300 was of the first Rated R action movies in a while)... well, I can see that he'll make this role his own. I didn't imagine him in 300 when I heard about him being in it, but he knocked that out of the park. And if he's going to grab a bad ass franchise, why the hell not this one. The movies were always held back by budget. I want to see an Escape movie with a summer tentpole budget. WTF am I saying... I just want to see more Snake movies and these are a little beneath Kurt to play again. I'm game for this... what are we saying... these movies... cause you know this is all about starting a franchise.

  • March 16, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    don't you know all the good ideas have been done?

    by Maniaq

    Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery...<br> <br> That said, I won't be seeing this imitation...<br> <br> btw if you want to post a link, learn to use tinyurl. Learn to love tinyurl.

  • March 16, 2007, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Let's see if Butler can looks at least half as cool...

    by DerLanghaarige Russell. But seriously - I don't think so.

  • March 16, 2007, 8 a.m. CST


    by misnomer

    im so conflicted. on one hand....with todays effects, this could be a very cool looking movie, but russell owned that character. Plus I also think it's one of these 80's movies that works because,'s so 80's. It's like if they remade the lost boys, it'd just be sanitised crap with no atmosphere. I have a feeling that all the supporting cast will be toned down and the whole thing will be really clinical. Plus...wheres snake going to land in his glider?

  • March 16, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    I hope they don't touch Big Trouble in Little China

    by amrisharmpit

    I've never really been into the "Escape" films, but I sure hope they don't remake BTILC. But who am I kidding - of course they will. And of course it will suck.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Big Trouble was a bomb

    by Laserbrain

    so it will be safe - cold comfort, though.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    An extra special message to New Line

    by Sledge Hammer

    Fuck you. Cunts.<p>That is all.

  • March 16, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    horrible ... just horrible

    by El Borak

    there is no justice or civility in in this world.

  • March 16, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Remake Movies that almost worked....

    by runfoodrun

    Why not remake movies that were great in idea but failed on screen instead of remaking movies that don't need to be remade. Just a thought.

  • March 16, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Remove the space in the PETITION link!


    Or use this:

  • March 16, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    As bad as things are now...

    by blackmantis

    In 20 years we'll be getting remakes...of remakes...of remakes. Of course, that's if movies still exist in 20 years. I'm betting on some kind of fully immersive virtual entertainment supplanting movies...I mean, once the world gets a hold of virtual pornography, that'll be all she wrote.

  • March 16, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Escape From Earth

    by talkbackgeek

    To John Carpenter: what happened to Escape from Earth? that was an awesome concept. Butler earned geek respect in 300, but there is only one Snake. Give Kurt a cameo or something, let him pass on the eyepatch at the very least.

  • March 16, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks


  • March 16, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    So who's going to play the WTC?

    by BlueDjinn1

    OK, crudely stated, but in the original, he lands his glider on top of the World Trade Center. Empire State building is too pointy, as would be the top of the (ugh) "Freedom Tower" that's supposed to be replacing the WTC. Who's gonna play the rest of the characters? Duke? Brain? Cabbie? Maggie? the Prez? The mind boggles (and the mouth vomits).

  • March 16, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    But I heard Snake Pliskin was dead...

    by Billyeveryteen

    With no Kurt? He should be.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Okay, breathe...

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Much better. Okay, look, I havent' seen 300 yet. I will be seeing it tomorrow. Base solely on the trailer there is no doubt in anyone's mind that Butler is one big bad mo fo. Men's Health had a great article on all he went through to get buff for this role. Also, with today's technology there could be some interesting effects. I admit now that being morbidly curious I will at least be renting the DVD of this re-make. It's like watching a car accident on the side of the road. It can't be helped. I admit it I'm guilty. Still, I hope Ox Baker comes out of retirement, and this time he wins. If this abomination must be made may I respectfully and reluctantly release my wish list for the supporting cast: Duke: The Rock (Look, it can't be Rhames or Duncan. They've done too many similar roles.) Brain: Rhys Ifans (I'd say Buscemi, but he is EFLA) Maggie:Sarah Silverman (she's got the perfect attiude for it) Cabbie: Borgnine, accept no substitutes. Prez: Julianne Moore (Hey, it's the future) Hauk: Daniel Dae Kim or Terry O'Quinn (both lost boys would be great)

  • March 16, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Wait, I got it. The only approved substitute for Borgnine: R. Lee Ermey, You wanna rescue the president you slimy maggot. If God had wanted you in Manhattan he would have miracled your @ss there.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Escape Remake

    by JIG3

    This was one of my favorite films as a kid and still is to this day.I have no interest in this remake.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I just had a scary thought...

    by coolhanderik

    What if Watchmen never gets made but this does? That would be kind of funny, and it wouldn't even surprise me that much.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    A (probably) unwelcome opinion on this issue

    by Supernatural_Canary

    I was craving something from my childhood; something that would be a nostalgic reminder of my dawning appreciation of movies. I thought to myself, “Well, why not <i>The Thing</i> or <i>Escape from New York</i>?” Those were probably two of the first films I ever saw that exposed me to the wonder of movies. <i>The Thing</i> is and remains a great freak-out of a film. Weird, scary, full of bizarre transformations and one of the creepiest ideas for an alien ever conceived. It could be any one of us. ANY ONE OF US! Truly brilliant. <p> And then I saw <i>Escape from New York</i>. Ugh! When they say you can never go back, boy, you really can never go back. You simply cannot capture the heady delight of childhood discovery. EFNY is a perfect example. <p> I don’t know exactly what it is about this movie that continues to draw almost uniformly uncritical adulation from film-fans. It could be the premise, which is undoubtedly fantastic: The entire borough of Manhattan is one giant prison; the president is trapped on the island because of a plane crash; a tough as nails ex-soldier-turned-mercenary is called in to mount a one-man rescue. This is the stuff of legends. Maybe even among the greatest ideas for an action film ever conceived. <p> But the first question that comes to my mind when I reflect on my recent viewing experience is, “Has anyone actually watched it lately as a movie, rather than as a window into rose-colored remembrance of childhood?” If this movie came out today, as is, people who love it because of the place it holds in their memories would not fall over themselves praising it the way they seem to on this forum. It’s a dinosaur. The action is lead-footed, the dialog is wooden (though it has a few brilliantly droll lines), and the execution is overwhelmingly dated. I mean, I liked <i>Land of the Lost</i> when I was a kid, but it just doesn’t hold up now. Sleestacks?!?! WTF?!?! <p> And I guess that’s where <i>The Thing</i> enters into this equation. That movie has not diminished one bit (save, arguably, in the true-to-life realism of the special effects, but whatever). I think the reason is that perhaps the story transcends the elapse of time (the white, voided landscape of Antarctica never changes, so for the most part the movie remains visually anchored in a reality that spans time, or, more accurately, exists in a place outside of time). Perhaps it’s the theme of the movie: inherent distrust of fellow man; the creeping, incremental paranoia that comes with loneliness and when people think their friends have gone mad, or worse. I don’t really know. Some of my arguments could probably be knocked down pretty easily if EFNY was similarly deconstructed. I welcome it. <p> I certainly am not one to be contrarian for no reason. And I understand that there doesn’t necessarily have to be a quantifiably rational reason to like a movie. In that respect, nostalgia is a perfectly reasonable excuse to like what is, in essence, a crappy movie. I just couldn’t sit by and read all these blindly fawning posts for EFNY without injecting my own two cents, such as my views are worth. <p> As to the idea of remaking it? Ambivalence reigns supreme. Hollywood should do what it wants. They remade <i>Psycho</i>. Did that diminish the Alfred Hitchcock’s original? No way. They remade <i>The Seven Samurai</i> (first as a western and soon as a straight-up remake). Does that in any way diminish Akira Kurosawa’s original? How on earth could it possibly? They remade <i>Solaris</i>. Did that diminish Andrei Tarkovsky’s original masterpiece? To suggest it did would be a joke. (Before anyone accuses me of conflating those two movies, I do understand that the Soderbergh actually shot his film based on Stanislaw Lem’s book, not as a remake of Tarkovsky’s film, but I don’t think the inclusion of these movies invalidates the point I’m trying to make.) <p> If I were so fragile that a remake of a movie that I truly loved shattered my world and diminished in any way the original film, then it seems to me that I’m the one with the problem, not Hollywood.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    **Picture of Butler looking like Snake in this post**

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    This movie is totally pointless. There is no reason to remake this. But still it's getting made and no amount of bitching will stop it from being made. I will reserve full judgement until it's released and I can see for myself if they totally ruined the movie. <B$><B$> Wonder if Russell with have a cameo? <BR><BR> So here is the picture I found of Butler looking very Snake like <BR><BR> Still, so tired of remakes.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    re: dutchsouthern 300 Comment


    Funny you should say that. My dad was just saying last night that where he lives "300" got panned in the reviews and "Norbit" was off the charts in vitriol toward it. Then he opens the paper and #1 & 2 at the box office are "300" and "Norbit." It's no wonder studios talk down to us--we demand it.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    RE-make Mannequin

    by dirtygoku

    Haha. Could you imagine that?! Damn.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    No, the original won't cease to exist

    by Vern

    but any chance of Kurt Russell playing Snake Plissken again will.<p> Take your pick:<p> A. The dream that some day some studio will have the balls to throw a little money at Carpenter and Russell to make another one of these, or<p> B. The off chance that a big budget rehash starring the dude from 300 and Phantom of the Opera will be any good.<p> I choose A as a better gamble. I would be more open to a remake if Kurt Russell was too old to play Snake, or if he wasn't very good at playing Snake, or if we hadn't been waiting for another one since whenever Escape From LA came out.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by liljuniorbrown

    They are actualy going through with this. Why not just do the third in a trilogy (Escape from Earth) if you must do another one. Thats what they're doing with Die Hard ,you don't see them remaking that. It's just not right. I would love to see an Escape flick with current CGI and effects. As a matter of fact.....

  • March 16, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Put it this way...

    by Vern

    imagine you boys have been waiting all these years for this Raiders of the Lost Ark 4, not sure if it will really happen. Now, out of the blue, you find out some other unnamed director is doing a remake of the first one with a different guy playing Indiana Jones. Not good.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    ho said Kurt Russell is too old to play Snake?

    by Mr Incredible

    If you're young at heart, hell, he could do it again in a an all new original movie. Oh, I'm sorry this is another remake. What ever happen to the plans for the sequel to Big Trouble In Little China?

  • March 16, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    So Mori, Carpenter is a producer, eh?

    by genro

    Huh. Interesting. Wonder what his level of involvement is.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Oops..sorry. It should have been "Who"

    by Mr Incredible

    Then again, Ho could have asked that question, too.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    No Escape with Ray Liotta

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Does anybody remember this movie? It used to come on HBO all the time. You could call it, Escape from the Island.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    This is a freebee Studio Guys

    by liljuniorbrown

    John Carpenter's Escape from Earth Written By: Frank Miller and John Carpenter Produced by: Quentin Tarantino Directed by: Rober Rodriguez Starring Kurt Russel as Snake Plissken, Samuel L Jackson as The President, Rosario Dawson as First Lady, Bruce Willis as General Fill in the blank good guy ,Johnny Depp as Snake's buddy and The bad guy is Burt Reynolds.....Pay me later

  • March 16, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Too Bad Kurt Russell

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Hasn't been in any hit films lately. The whole reason they were able to do Escape From LA was that he was considered bankable again after Stargate and Executive Decision.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Vern!We stand UNITED!


    Regardless of my bitching & moaning about HALLOWEEN,this is something I stand with you 100% on.Also,if I pissed you off with said bitching & moaning,let me apologize for my rudeness.Sometimes my love of movies writes checks that my typing finger just can't cash.For whatever it's worth,I signed the petition.What are your thoughts on the petition?Think it'll do any good,or are we just pissing in the wind.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    And the producer's company is named "Original Films"...

    by genro

    Moritz is a joke.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    You have got to be kidding....

    by Muaddib64

    As a former actor and current writer I am abhorred by this trend in Hollywood. I understand it, but it makes me ill. The studios wouldn't know what to do with an original idea if it fell out of the sky. Why take a piece of classic cinema and....well, just WHY????? When is the Jaws remake coming? Or Star Wars or Citizen Kane? Hey Hollywood--Get a clue.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Just wait till "Death Proof" comes out...


    and it brings in all the cash. Then they might do a remake of the remake starring Kurt again... Don't forget the PETITION:

  • March 16, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Remake or New Installment

    by Supernatural_Canary

    There's absolutely no doubt that I would prefer ESCAPE FROM EARTH rather than a remake of EFNY. Of course, as movie executive, I'd be a little wary of such a film because of the execrable sequal ESCAPE FROM LA, which is one of the crappiest crapfests I've ever seen. <p> I would love to get an overall opinion of Carpenter's best films from people here. I've seen them all (I think), and I have liked a few of them, but I've always felt he was essentially a B-movie director. He doesn't have the story-telling sense of, say, Cameron, or McTiernan, or Boyle. Carpenter's films tend to be a little static to me, and when I've liked one of his movies, it's been because of the idea, rather than the actual final product. <p> Having said that, I'll admit to probably being in the minority on that view in these forums.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Don't cross the Duke! Everybody knows that!

    by sleepy holloway

    Please New Line, this is one of my all time favories. Please don't screw it up.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    erm, it might work......

    by mrbong

    first off before flak starts flying, yes, EFNY is one of the all time greats, albeit only really appreciated at a "cult" level. that does not mean it should be untouchable, though. considering the reputation of the original, and the comparative failure of recent remakes, someone must have come up with one hell of a good concept for this new version in order to get the funding. i will proceed with the same caution as everyone else, but let's be broadminded and see what comes out of the production - who knows, it might be a "worthy" venture.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Oh,and Vern..


    PWN:A slang term used primarily in the internet gaming culture,meaning to soundly defeat an opponent.It is sometimes used for taunting of an in-game enemy,and rubbing in victories.Source:Wikipedia.There are many different pronunciations of it such as "own","pone",puh-own"and more.In the context of my screen name I use "pone" as a play on words referring to the current trend of labeling movies such as HOSTEL "torture porn".Anyway,I thought it was funny at the time.

  • March 16, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Carpenter's Best

    by Samuel Fulmer

    1.Halloween 2.The Thing 3.Escape From New York 4.The Fog 5.Big Trouble in Little China 6.They Live 7.Assault on Precinct 13 7.In the Mouth of Madness 8.Christine

  • March 16, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    WOW! Maybe they give it a Stepford Wives spin!

    by Reelheed

    Hey hollywood! What we need is another romcom. Or a musical. You know - bollywood it up. No kissing mind you. Heh heh. Naughty. Seriously though - why would anyone ever, ever want to be in this (other than big dollah)? "Hey there don't I know you?" "Yeah. I was in Escape from New York." "Really! You must have been young back then..." "uuh. No. Actually I was in the remake." ... "There was a remake? Hmm. Now I have no respect for you at all." ... "Well, I was also in 300..." "Are you coming on to me???"

  • March 16, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Remakes vs. Originals

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Worse than the originals: Texas Chainsaw Massacre Planet of the Apes The Wicker Man The Pink Panther The Haunting The Omen When a Stranger Calls The Fog Assault on Precinct 13 Psycho The Stepford Wives The In-Laws Fun With Dick and Jane All the King's Men The Hitcher Poseidon The Grudge The Ladykillers House on Haunted Hill The Out-of-Towners War of the Worlds The Bad News Bears Yours, Mine, and Ours The Producers Remakes that were better or on par with the originals: The Fly The Hills Have Eyes The Thing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Maltese Falcon The Departed The Ring Insomnia Scarface Dawn of the Dead King Kong (2005) Father of the Bride

  • March 16, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Why isn't liljuniorbrown a producer?

    by Doctor_Sin

    Make it happen!!!

  • March 16, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    New Line?

    by Darth Melkor

    Isn't that the company that blacklisted Peter Jackson who made them billions and won them several Oscars? And now they're fucking up the Rings franchise by not hiring him, therefore losing access to WETA and probably some of the original actors who will remain true to Jackson in the process?

  • March 16, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Nope. Bad Idea

    by Kefrif

    Remaking this is bloody pointless because it DOESN'T NEED A REMAKE. It will only beg comparisons to the original, and I'll bet here and now that it won't stand up. They hardly ever do. Why not remake the films that didn't work very well? Give someone a second shot at a good idea?

  • March 16, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Quote from the Director of the Piranha remake

    by Boba Fat

    "My goal is not to remake Piranha but to create a completely new adventure paying homage to all the creature films that made me fall in love with the genre," That's pretty twisted logic, his goal is not to remake the film he's remaking? I'd love to know what Carpenter thinks about all of this.

  • March 16, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    "They Live" with Justin Timberlake and Method Man

    by chrth

    Fuck yeah! We can watch Justin and Method Man beat the shit out of each other for 30 minutes! Hell, up it to an hour: one full hour of Timberlake and Method Man bare-knuckling and bottle-smacking in a backalley. I'd pay double to see that.

  • March 16, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Quit The Complaining People....

    by plisskenman

    Yeah sure Russell is the real snake, but this is still one of those movies which although a classic, could have been much better. more scenery more story and action. with todays SFX it is gonna cool.REMEMBER this is a REMAKE, that means russell and carpenter can now do a escape from earth after the box ofice cash cow comes through after EFNY remake and thus continue the Escape Trilogy. Duke..M Clarke Duncan..Brain..william h macy...Maggie...maria menounos...cabbie...dennis hopper

  • March 16, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by plisskenman

    EFNY remake for 2009 is gonna be worth it. just wait till they start shooting and send some movie stills. that will change the minds of alot of people here. Time moves on. this is not 1981 anymoew. its 2007 and the movie audiences have changed plusthis will give a new generation of moviegoers exposure to this escape legend. im sure theyll keep the movie dark as the original and with a blue tint to the film.The only part im worried about is the sountrack, please keep the music the same or very close..its what makes the movie move. THE MUSIC..please dont screw that up new putting my faith in you.

  • March 16, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by Mentok

    Why can't Gerard Butler content himself with imitating Snake Plissken and Jack Burton in his bathroom mirror like the rest of us? No wonder I see fewer movies every year. This is so stupid. They wonder why fewer people are going to the movies. Maybe because we've already paid to see all the movies they're making these days? Well, I will NOT be paying to see this one. Watch out for the remake of Big Trouble In Little China. I'm sure it will be coming soon as well, starring Daniel Craig and the dude from Ong-Bak.

  • March 16, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    For the most part...

    by Cellar Door

    ...remakes just suck. A few exceptions to be sure...just like cover songs. Sometimes you enjoy one and you don't even realize it's a cover. VH was good at making cover songs better than the originals for example (You really got me, Ice Cream Man, You're no good, etc). Creating better movie remakes, however, are far more difficult for obvious reasons. I can only think of a few I like better than the original (Ocean's 11, The Getaway, King Kong '76, etc) but I'm sure others would disagree so it's mainly one person's opinion but damn! I feel so bad for all the out of work ORIGINAL screenwriters out there. Unfortunately, I only see it getting worse before it gets better. Look for 'The Last Starfighter', 'Weird Science', 'Hangar 18' remakes coming to a theater one day soon...(sigh)

  • March 16, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Butler will portray a cool snake.......

    by plisskenman

    No doubt gerard butler will pull this off. he looks mean enough and agile to do all the stunts and action scenes for this remake. nobody ever expected anything from this guy and now that he is, all you losers are just hatin and bashing him. a clue to you all?...SEE THE MOVIE FIRST then....complain if it sucks.

  • March 16, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Online Petitions

    by DickButterworth

    Folks, I have bad news. Online petitions are universally ignored by everyone except the few that sign them. They carry no weight and you are wasting your time signing them. But hey, it's your life, sign all the petitions you want. There is no relationship between any online petition and whether or not this movie gets made. sincerely, Dick Butterworth

  • March 16, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by Mentok

    If I see the movie and then complain, my complaint is pointless because the studio will have received my money and taken that as an implicit endorsement of their product. When the sequel comes out, Escape From New York 2: Even More Escapier, and no one goes and sees it, then they'll blame shifting market conditions and move on to a remake of something else that doesn't need to be remade. We need to break the cycle now. Also Gerard Butler has been touted as the next big thing several times, so to say nobody expected anything of him is just wrong. For the record though, I like Butler, I just hate this idea.

  • March 16, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Thank You DB........

    by plisskenman

    Excellent point, the movie has already been bought(new line), main actor cast (butler). its all green lighted. I think most people here are confusing this movie with Veronica mars. hey..its not a TV series where you can somehow possibly make a show come back by online petitions. a waste of time. THIS is the movies and it will happen. Just be happy there are movies and theaters to go to. not like in the future where all new movies will all be in your home, click click click.

  • March 16, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    But Mentok.........

    by plisskenman

    Butler has FINALLY found his niche. Remember nobody knew much of kurt russell before EFNY and after that he did the thing and that was BO success. Butler CAN do the action genre as has been seen in 300, only this time he will use guns and other automatatic weapons instead of swords and knives. Regarding seeing the movie, well just judge for yourself when we closer to the movie opening and see the trailer, not now when nobody has a clue how the movie is gonna look. are you gonna see transformers? isnt that a remake??

  • March 16, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Here's why it's a stupid, stupid, stupid idea

    by FluffyUnbound

    In the late 70's, it was actually somewhat reasonable to look forward to a dystopia where criminals had taken over New York to the point where it made sense just to abandon Manhattan, put a wall around it, and make it a giant prison. New York was a dying city when the movie was conceived. Now it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and that particular vision of the future is absurd and completely lacks resonance. It would make more sense if the movie was about the last owner of an independent bookstore joining up with the last owner of an independent clothing boutique to escape from Manhattan with the help of the last black person and the last middle class person, while they're hunted by the idle rich and robot police with ultra-advanced surveillance equipment on every corner. If Manhattan ever has a wall around it, it will be to keep everyone else OUT and not to keep anyone IN.

  • March 16, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Escape POD......

    by plisskenman

    Remember in the original how the president escapes AF1 before it crashes into a building using a escape pod, well how about having the vice president escape this time instead of the prez seeing how more important the VP these past 7 years.hahaha hauk:"the president" plissken"the president of what??"

  • March 16, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Cmon Fluffy.......

    by plisskenman

    America whether you realize it or not this country is in deep shit right now. people are disallusioned by its leadership and its lies.the only thing people care about is their job, making money and living their ho hum lives as normal as can be.Yes new york is better than it was in that time period, but in the future there is a risk of chemical warfare, viruses and plagues. plus dont forget the water level rising in the future thanks to the polar ice caps melting. which means new york will have to build a wall around it to survive.

  • March 16, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    "this country is in deep shit right now"

    by chrth

    No it's not.

  • March 16, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Another Carpenter classic get's shafted....

    by KillaKane

    I'd like to be enthusiastic but there's no fucking way you can top the original (aside from the obvious sfx refinements). We'll have Butler lisping in a bad American accent all the while reminded that he aint a bead of sweat on Kurt Russel's balls. And as with most of Carpenter's early works, the uber cool analogue synth score will no doubt give way to some flavour of the moment Media Ventures crapolla. Casting is going to be critical (How the hell can you replace the likes of Harry Dean Stanton, Pleasance, Van Cleef, and Borgnine et al?!) that's a tough road to hoe. After seeing Smokin Aces I reckon Ryan Renolds would fit better into Plisken's duster. I know a lot of TB'ers get flack for nay saying , but this is going to bomb (unless there's a Tarantino-esque level of fan-boy reverence for the original, but I doubt it, the shit-fest that was the Fog remake is still ingrained in my mind).

  • March 16, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Even if the country is in deep shit...

    by FluffyUnbound

    [and that's a pretty big if]...Manhattan isn't. You may as well have the movie be "Escape From Windsor Castle".

  • March 16, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    "Escape From Windsor Castle": Simpsons did it

    by chrth


  • March 16, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Remakes? John Carpenter?

    by Bob Fortuna

    Er, remember that Carpenter's The Thing was itself a remake, and that turned out to be the best sc-fi/horror film of all time. Who's to say that a remake of Escape From New York remake won't turn out to be the greatest action film of all time? Me - that's who. What a f***ing stupid idea. If you're gonna remake something, remake Escape From LA. ***That was my first ever post here!***

  • March 16, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    all i can say

    by rdsxfan8

    this is a total disgrace. there is no way in hell this will work without kurt russel. sure escape from LA wasnt as good as NY but it still had the Snake vibe. NOONE other than kurt should ever even dare don the moniker of snkae pliskin. Im waitign for them to announce a remake of "they live" with sean william scott and ving rhames covering for roddy piper and keith david. "Ill buy that for a $1"

  • March 16, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Tis a sad day...

    by joeyjojojrshabadoo

    The only reason they keep coming up with remakes is: 1. Hollywood has run out of ideas and/or is scared to back up anything new that might not make a buck... 2. Remakes, no matter what they might be, will always make money. But at the cost of dumbing out the plot and gore in order to keep intouch with the rapidly deteriorating intelligence of society.

  • March 16, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Use Butler for Namor, axe the ramake, we don't need one

    by The Founder

    An Escape from NY is not needed. Wasn'tthere a sequel to it that didn't do well? I can't remmember, which isn't a good sign if there was one.

  • March 16, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    New Line should pay P Jackson before ruining this...

    by Monkey_King

    travesty. Yes, travesty is the word. Needless remake #42

  • March 16, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Upon reflection, this *might* work

    by KnightShift

    Think about the America that was depicted in the original Escape from New York: it supposedly had just come out of a (limited) World War III. The entire country in the movie is a police state with limited rights. The country's leadership is arrogant and disattached from the people (witness Donald Pleasance as the President during his exchange with Snake toward the end of the movie). Why did crime rise so high by "1988"? Because there were more frickin' LAWS that the politicians put in place. Now look at real-life America today: the PATRIOT Act, politicians who don't even pretend to hide their corruption any longer (see Gov. Perry trying to force an experimental vaccine on all the schoolgirls in Texas against their parents' wills: the whole thing was because drug company Merck contributed bigtime to Perry's campaign), no more respect for Habeus Corpus, unwarranted monitoring of our phone calls and e-mails... Now imagine a convenient attack on America that that government uses to seize even more power. It could be a "terrorist" attack on New York City that renders that town uninhabitable for normal life. A government gone mad with power can do anything, including turning one of its greatest cities into a prison. I don't think Snake Plissken should be anything but the anti-hero that Russell played him as, but in a modern-day remake he damn well could be a big middle finger waving in the face of what our government is becoming. The more I think about it, the more a retelling of Escape From New York might very well work, given the right script and director. Would make for a helluva morality play about modern America.

  • March 16, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST

    James Bond will soon be remade....

    by Russman

    Just you wait... Dr. No is looking a little faded... we all know Bond is the only thing that MGM has.... it's going to happen in our lifetime.

  • March 16, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Petition signed

    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Let's remake Blade Runner while we're at it. Natrual City was a nice nod, but leave classics alone. This is just insulting. To everyone. Can't wait for them to remake Carpenter's The Thing and Raimi's Evil Dead. Hollywood's Remake-A-Go-Go must be stopped. And yet the morons will line up to see this. I won't pay to see this crap, but I still find it insulting to the original and me as the fan. I'd rather see a sequel with Kurt or more Snake comics.

  • March 16, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Playkins

    I completely understand your opinion, but perhaps I would feel differently if there was no "Escape From L.A.". Carpenter had a shot at a sequel with what was a great idea. It turned into a tongue-in-cheeck satire of the first one. Likewise, wouldn't you feel differently about a remake of "Raiders" if both "Temple" and "Crusade" were nearly unwatchable films?

  • March 16, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Butler rules but this is blasphemy!!!

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    This IS S-T-U-P-I-D!

  • March 16, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Wonderfully written. I argue not with what you say. I am just tired of remakes.

  • March 16, 2007, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Raimi already remade Evil Dead

    by chrth

    It's called Evil Dead 2.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    No doubt. What ever happened to the oft spoken of remake/reenvisioning with Seann William Scott?<P>Not trying to start a flame war, but remakes are cop outs. Some work well, most insult. Much as I love A Fistful of Dollars, Yojimbo is hands down a better film. My opinion. Leave EFNY alone. It could rock. But Russel's Snake was so campy-cool. My wife is even miffed this is happening. I guess Hollywood is hurting so bad financially that they think remakes are the way to go? I have no clue. I just like good films and this idea is total bullshit. There are so many books out there that deserve film treatments, good treatments. Why keep remaking or "creating" films based on TV shows?<P>Thanks for reading. I am simple (I know)and grumpy. I know why they are doing this to EFNY and so many other movies. I am a film freak minority. I just think Hollywood has so much more to offer.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Right On Nightshift......

    by plisskenman

    great evaluation on comparing the time the original EFNY came out and todays world.Thats why carpenter came out with the movie in the first place. In new york right now there are too many laws to begin with, more laws here than anywhere else. and who makes these stupid laws??? you name them. I want to make a law that stops making any additional laws.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Cant Wait For The Next Halloween:)

    by plisskenman

    yeah cant wait for shit-o-ween. now that will be tricky to remake, atleast they will be using the OG mask again. maybe they make myers a retarded guy in this one. a retarded kiler hmmm...

  • March 16, 2007, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Ready For ESCAPE FROM Black hawk down

    by plisskenman

    imagine if the EFNY turns out like the effects shots in black hawk down? that would be cool. please no michael bay on this one.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    My eyes glazed over...

    by omarthesnake

    so i stopped reading, so sorry if this is repeated elsewhere: Get Over Your Idiotic Selves With this Petition Bullshit. They don't care what you think. Why should they? You're not their fucking demographic, you're a fraction of their demographic. The grousy, whiney, see-it-anyway fraction. Name one goddamned online petition that led to one goddamned thing. I wasn't happy to see this. I'd rather see Kurt as Snake again. But that's never going to happen, Vern, so give this one a chance. JC is listed as an EP of this. Don't you trust him to oversee/protect his brainchild?

  • March 16, 2007, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Of course petitions are futile. I sign them anyway. Like all the countless environmental, endangered species and pro-choice I sign. Doesn't matter, but at least I took action. Very little action. My dad is part of the demographic you speak of i.e. morons who wouldn't be able to appreciate a good film if it slapped them in the face and are fearful of reading subtitles. Trite, I know, but I maintain my opinion. People have passions. One of my passions is film. Crappy films like EFNY which I consider a classic. Leave it alone New Line.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Carpenter is ON BOARD........

    by plisskenman

    Yes, correct JC is on board, he no doubt will have some say in the script on this movie,he'll stick in some great ideas that he did not put into the original film. the same dark dreary mood will remain on the movie. the music is the key. they need that pulsating beat from the original. maybe JC and Alan Howarth can do the score again.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    We Don't Own These Movies

    by Professor Krapp

    I don't care if somebody remakes Raiders of the Lost Ark. The last two were crappy anyway! I don't care if Kurt Russel gets to play Snake again. The last time he did it was shit! Remakes of these movies doesn't eradicate the originals, fellas! If you don't want them remade, don't have to go to them. Pretty simple. We don't own these properties. Personally, I wish George Lucas would remake the original three Star Wars again, and put Jar Jar in all of them in place of Luke. I love movies, but I never make them sacred. I think they should remake everything. Even Glitter.

  • March 16, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Glitter Remake , now thats funny.....

    by plisskenman

    starring ...rupaul

  • March 16, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Why remake it when Kurt Russel is still a badass???

    by jojo-pimp

    Enough said!

  • March 16, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    You just listen to the old Porkchop express

    by longevitymonk

    here now and take his advice on a dark and stormy night when the lightening crashing and the thunders rollng and the rains comming down in sheets thick as lead. Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes and the poisen arrows fall fromt the sky and the pillars of heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right right square in the eye and he says give me your best shot pal, I can take it.

  • March 16, 2007, 10:09 p.m. CST

    You know why Carpenter is touted as being "on board"...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...and he's stated this in interviews, it's because he doesn't own the exclusive rights to any of these films, whatever studio put up the cash originally does (unless the rights were onsold or aquired by another studio over the years during a merger/takeover/whatever), so it's not like he could ever really do anything to stop them. So his solution is basically to accept that there's nothing he can do, not do negative press in order to keep the suits/money men happy (and keep in good with them) and take the cheque and the inevitable exec producer title that comes along with it, while having no real involvement in any way whatsoever. <p>Oddly though, I did think that he had at one time managed to aquire part ownership of the rights to EFNY (along with Russell and Debra Hill), but even so, that still wouldn't stop the original money men (or those that have aquired the film since) from remaking a film that they already own, nor stop them from onselling the rights to do so to somebody else. Therefore while Carp may possibly have part ownership in the rights as far as sequels and character use and such goes (if he didn't have to relinquish that to Universal as part of the deal to get Escape From L.A. made), that doesn't mean he has any say in stopping this regardless.<p>By the way, to those saying that EFNY is dated, and that the FX could be done *so* much better, you guys don't get it, do you? That's the damn problem with today's films. Now it's all about how shiny the fx are, and that's where all the focus is laid, but back in the day the fx were merely used as a functionary of setting the atmosphere for telling a great story with great characters. The original EFNY has atmosphere, it has character and attitude and spins a great yarn, this on the other hand, will, in all liklihood, be just another empty, soulless FX spectacle, it'll be all surface because these guys seem to think that's all that matters now. But the truth is at the end of the day a pretty corpse is still a corpse, and I see this one definitely turning out DOA.

  • March 16, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Could they remake Space Mutiny?

    by successor

    Or maybe R.O.T.O.R. Or The Relic. Or The Pumaman. Unless the director's name is Uwe Boll, I don't see how anyone could make these films any worse.

  • March 16, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    When a movie is subjected to "remake," it means

    by kabong

    that a new movie does not get made. There is a finite amount of production money and a finite number of exhibition screens. Hollyweird would like to be remaking one movie over and over and over again. Which is pretty much how it is anyway.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Sledge Hammer...

    by hadez

    I agree 100% with your post. FX are over rated, nowadays.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Let me start the slow clap for Sledge Hammer


    Well said,my friend.Well said indeed.

  • March 16, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    HEY,HOLLYWOOD!(almost)FREE MONEY! see below:


    You should start rereleasing some of these older cult classic movies at midnight showings on a regular basis on the weekends.It's a cheap way for both the studios and theater owners to make money on an existing product. I'm sure the pimple faced ticket taker and popcorn slinger can stay a few hours later.

  • March 17, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST

    There is no Snake but Russell...

    by guymc

    I will not even consider any other actor for the role for at least another ten to fifteen years, or until I get Russell in the dual-role Escape/Big Trouble crossover I've been dying to see made for so many years. Young Plissken meets old Burton. They'd hate each other on sight. It would be *beautiful*... Burton: "Well, you know what ol' Jack Burton says at a time like this? Ol' Jack says --" Plissken: "Dammit, do you ever just SHUT UP? One more word out of you, and --" Burton: "Hey, you talk pretty tough for a guy with no depth perception, if you know what I mean." Plissken: "That's it." BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM!!!! Plissken: "Crap! How the hell can I manage to miss you four times?" Burton: "Like I said, no depth perception. Besides, it's all in the reflexes..."

  • March 17, 2007, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by rdsxfan8

    lets remake Runaway, ya know the killer spider robot movie staring tom selleck and gene simmons. now that is one that could be updated with new fx and stuff. at least if your gonna remake a movie dont do one that was good to begin with. it ruins the original for us....

  • March 17, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Get your own story!

    by George Peppard


  • March 17, 2007, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Neal Moritz producing through his Original Films banner

    by Mace Tofu

    "ORIGINAL FILMS" LOL Moritz is a producer on "Click," "The Fast and the Furious," "Evan Almighty," "I Am Legend" and "Maid of Honor," ... So this will be made using the left over props from I AM LEGEND's NY shoot? How Original ! I just watched THE THING tonight on HD DVD and the film was perfect, a THING remake is NOT needed please... Just have Russell play Snake and have the other actors be his partners in the story.

  • March 17, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    a while back...

    by dogstar69

    i commented on the remake of Halloween, even defended it to a degree, but now this is to far. when is it goimg to stop, right now in hollywood an exec is flicking through Halliwells film guide and stopping on random pages and picking a film to redux, i tell you people the Citizen Kane re-imagining in getting ever closer

  • March 17, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    HAHA!!! Sounds like a shit movie

    by bilabooteen

    such a promising career, falls into a shitty remake

  • March 17, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by plisskenman


  • March 17, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Ha and ha Vern ol' boy!

    by Tinfang

    That'll teach you to use the word "hobbit" in vain. Serves ya right in a karmic sense. I hope New Line loses there ass on this. Haw, haw....Plissken the Spartan. O the hoot!

  • March 17, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Oh fish piss!

    by Tinfang

    I meant "their" asses. <p>Maybe New Line will channel Frank Zappa for the closing credits tune, "Escape From New York's Two Hundred Motels" as sung by Iggy Pop-Stooge.

  • March 17, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    AF1 and WTC scenes.........

    by plisskenman

    I hope to GOD if there is one that 1....They don't pull this post 9/11 sensitivity bullshit and not have AF1 crash into a manhattan building like it was in the original. and.. 2....I know obviously there is no WTC anymore but still have plissken land on another tall building that has a wide roof.(ie: the metlife building on 5th avenue).

  • March 17, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    The Problem with Carpenter is...

    by glodene

    with the exception of The Thing or Big Trouble in Little China, he has a problem interpreting his own material. That's why most of his efforts comes out so bland and cold. I'm for one am glad that somebody is going to remake Escape From New York because as a premise it had so much potential to be a kick-ass movie. Could you imagine if James Cameron would've polished the original script and directed the original? No one would've dared to remake it.

  • March 17, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by plisskenman

    Petitions are for losers, like the ones for veronica mars. news for ya, the remake is bought, greenlighted and will happen. EFNY the remake will make alot of money and make all you doubters look like the acid hater asses that you are. For all those that are with me, see you on opening night sometime in 2008

  • March 17, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    You have got to be fucking KIDDING me.

    by polyh3dron

    Why re-make this film?

  • March 17, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I just watched The Thing on HD-DVD too.

    by polyh3dron

    Man, Carpenter used to be really good. That film kicked ass.

  • March 17, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Total- you are my new favorite talkbacker.

    by samsquanch

    keep it coming.

  • March 18, 2007, 1:33 a.m. CST

    didn't I hear a rumor-

    by samsquanch

    That someone in Hollywood actually did want to make a remake of Carpenter's 'the Thing', even had a script floating around various studios- before everyone realised that 'the Thing' was ALREADY A REMAKE?? <p> It's also quite possible I'm talking out of my ass.

  • March 18, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    THE THING is not a remake.


    It's another interpretation of the story"Who Goes There?".The impetus behind it is that story,not THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.So if anyone's using THE THING to play the "remakes are ok" card then you're only showing your ignorance.

  • March 18, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Just don't go

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Now, I have defended the Halloween remake in other TB's. Or at least defended the fast that they put it it the hands os someone who MAY get it right. That being said, this one should not happen, ans to stop other remakes from happening in the future, instead of bitching about it for months and months and months, and then paying to see it. DON'T GO SEE IT, DON't RENT IT. DON'T BUY THE FUCKING DVD. The week the movie comes out, everyone go buy the "reamastered deluxe two-disc edition" of the original that will surely come out. That's a protest, an enormous surge in sales for the original the week the remake comes out, and noone going to see the remake. As for everyone who would rather see a third installment made with Carpenter directing, go look at Carpenter's work the last fifteen to twenty years. Nothing since They Live. He's become a joke. So be happy you'll have this to bitch about, instead of a new Carpenter movie to be dissapointed by. By the way, Carpenter has been involved in all these bad remakes so far, if you want to protest, protest to him, he's the one selling out, not the studio. All you people who go see these bad remakes are the ones selling out to the studio, the studio puts out xeroxes of what they know people will go see, they don't care if it's good or bad, and judging by the content of their films, they're pretty up front about it. The studio is a corporation designed to turn a profit, stop making these remakes profitable, AND THEY'LL STOP FUCKING MAKING THEM!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 18, 2007, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Torture Pawn

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    The Thing is a remake. Justify it any way you want. It's a remake.

  • March 18, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    RE; plisskenman

    by dogstar69

    gotta agree, petitions are pointless, just flash back to the craignotbond drama, look what happened there, highest grossing bond film of all time and one of the most critically acclaimed ones at that. So if a few talkbackers sign a petition it's not gonna make a difference, and after Snakes on a Plane, do you really think new line gives a shit what the net community has to say? when that film never drew in the $100 million plus, they were most probably expecting, they just cut off they're web connection

  • March 18, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    online petitions

    by rdsxfan8

    arent these like voting now a days. i mean sure you can have your say and voice your opinion but in the end does it really matter. Thigngs like this are outta our control regardless of how we feel. and I totally agree with your dogstar. After snakes on the plan failed to live up to what the FANS wanted they are gonna be real hesistant to listen to us anymore. everyone who says "if you dont like the idea of a movie being remade than dont go see it" is right on point. its that simple. its like listening to talk radio. if ya dont like what ya hear turn it off or change the station. there are so many more other movies out there deserving of our hard earned $$, just dont GO. its greenlit and in the works, sorry folks. the powers that be have spoken and we were outvoted. IT happens all the time. Now having said this i will prolly watch it on DVD and waste the $5 insted of the $10-$15 in the theater.

  • March 18, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    EFNY Remake Details.....

    by plisskenman

    I heard that the remake of EFNY will not only have the originals story but also a back story on how snake came to be, which should be cool. sounds good to me.

  • March 18, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by samsquanch

    the choice between watching a sad, milqutoast remake of a classic Carpenter facefuck -or- a sad, retarded "backstory" showing how Snake was a New York cop who lost everything in 9/11 leaves me wanting to shoot you, your mom, and then myself.