Escape From New York isn’t one of John Carpenter’s better movies, but it was always a great concept for a movie, especially back in the day when New York was a crime infested sewer. These days, New York has really cleaned itself up, and trying to remake it these days would probably make as much sense as trying to remake Revenge of the Nerds because the nerds already got their revenge. (Harry Potter, Bill Gates, etc.)
Nevertheless, Escape From New York has indeed been slated to be remade, a prospect Kurt Russell isn’t happy about because Snake Plissken is one of his favorite roles. It’s also being planned as a trilogy, and the remake rights have already bounced from one studio, New Line, to Silver Pictures, which is run by Joel Silver, producer of The Matrix.
Silver told Collider the script still isn’t complete, and that he’s “always liked Kurt’s character, the Snake Plissken character, so I’ve always liked that idea, but we kind of figured out a way to do almost a trilogy of that story.”
That’s of course if the first movie takes off and is popular enough to warrant a sequel. Silver says he wants to do it like the Arkham City game, which shows how Gotham City went through it’s downfall, and the development of Snake’s whole backstory. Then the middle of the trilogy would have to do with the kidnapping of the President, and all that.
So who knows if another Escape From New York will ever materialize, but unlike other John Carpenter classics that have been soiled by remakes, we think there’s definitely room for improvement with the adventures of Snake Plissken.