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.)
In Escape From New York, the city is so over-run with crime that it has become a prison. The brooding Snake Plissken is tasked with rescuing the President, who is being held hostage somewhere on the dystopian island.