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There’s Probably No Escape From The Escape From New York Reboot

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Are we really surprised, Plissken?

Yes, it’s true. The 1981 film from John Carpenter is being primed for a reboot of sorts. The original starred Kurt Russell as “Snake” Plissken, a soldier turned convict asked to help save the President from the maximum security prison that is the island of Manhattan. Escape from New York was actually set for a remake a few years ago but never fully developed. Though according to Deadline, it’s back with a vengeance.

Joel Silver‘s Silver Pictures has joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a retelling of Escape From New York,” they write. “Silver is planning an entirely new take on the material. The goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes restarted that franchise. Studio Canal will finance development of the project before placing it with a studio. A writer search is underway.”

What are your thoughts on returning to this territory and do you think it makes sense to do an origin story? I admit Escape From New York is not one of my precious 80s films but I can’t see fans being happy about this.

(via /Film)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."