The remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” has found itself suddenly moving forward at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Vulture.
The reason? A new script by Allan Loeb (“21,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”). Loeb’s script apparently nails the humor of anti-hero Snake Plissken while also changing the character’s mission from rescuing the U.S. President to rescuing a female senator (thus allowing for potential banter).
Another change is New York City itself. Unlike the crumbling dystopian ruins of the original which were all that was left after a war, the setup here is that Manhattan has remained largely intact but was evacuated and turned into the walled off penal colony after a nuclear dirty bomb was detonated on the city’s outskirts.
The benefit here is economic as a ruined city is expensive to produce cinematically. This solution, by previous scribe David Kajganich, should deliver a more recognisable but still barren and dangerous NYC that will visually resemble something along the lines of the cityscape we saw in “I Am Legend”.
For more, including some interesting stipulations Carpenter demanded in order to allow the remake, click here.