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Despite its shortcomings, the 1981 flick Escape from New York remains a staple of the action genre to this day, thanks to its no-nonsense attitude and Kurt Russell’s iconic performance as Snake Plissken. Of course, anything iconic is bound to get a remake, and that was no different with this film, as New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. agreed to take on a reboot with Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) at the helm. However, that won’t be the case anymore.
However, that won’t be the case anymore. The two studios, according to Deadline, let go of the remake, meaning that the John Carpenter feature might be bought by another studio in a turnaround. Screenwriters Allan Loeb (21) and Jamie Moss (X-Men: First Class) are among those who were working on the script.
Jeremy Renner was rumored for the role of Snake; Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy have been stated as contenders for the part as well. All three have serious macho credibility and seem like perfect choices to play Snake, so I wouldn’t expect them to leave the casting conversation anytime soon, provided another studio shows interest in the film.