Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Dan Stevens (“The Guest,” “Downton Abbey”) and Jon Bernthal (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Walking Dead”) are the names rumored to be up for the role of Snake Plissken in the proposed “Escape From New York” remake at Silver Pictures and StudioCanal.
The report comes from Starlog which also says the new film will be less focused on one man and more an ensemble piece. It will, however, retain the central premise of the John Carpenter-directed original:
“[It’s] more team-based, as Snake Plissken traverses through a treacherous New York landscape with a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President.”
They say earlier drafts of the the script had a team-dynamic to it, but subsequent re-writes have turned several of the supporting characters into co-leads. Some are familiar, some are new:
“Plissken’s team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President’s security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken’s former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery.”
The site adds that Silver Pictures has already commissioned pre-production artwork from independent artists featuring Hunnam as the one-eyed antihero. No director is yet in place either.