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Escape from New York Remake!

Posted March 19, 2013 into Movies by John Birmingham

I always found the end of the original installment a bit disturbing, the way Snake Plissken decided to plunge the world into a new Dark Age. I sort of got that he was a good lookin' loner who lived by his own rules, but still, Snake, seriously?

Won't stop me hanging out, no doubt hopelessly, for a remake, somehow connected with Gerard '300' Butler and the producers of the Lethal Weapon, Die Hard and Predator series. Unlike Screen Crave, where I read of the redo, I'm not even that fazed by the idea of a three parter, with the first installment being an origin story. Snake: The Making of a Bad Ass.

I figure there'd be more than enough splodey and witty quips to plaster over any paper thin plotholes.

Oh, and while I'm at it, Kurt Russell, most underrated actor of the 1980s. Snake Plissken and Jack O'Neill? Plus that big thing in little China film that the ladies like? Just retrofuckingspectively give him all the Oscars and be done with it.

One prob, which arises with the possibility of an origin story prequel, is letting some know nothing film school grad screen writer get all jammed up worrying about a remake as a dialogue driven character study. Not just no, but hell no.

As Screen Crave says:

What’s been lost more recently in mainstream movies is the sense of events over people. Snake Plissken is not the ideal choice, but he’s all they’ve got. In Die Hard, John McClane is just dealing with the situation. The best recent example is probably Attack the Block. By building a trilogy around the character, they will be robbing what made the character interesting. Audiences may hate or love Snake Plisken, however they feel about him, it doesn’t change what makes the movie interesting.

In fact, this makes me wonder wether the time is upon us for a remake of the original Stargate movie.

27 Responses to ‘Escape from New York Remake!’

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted March 19, 2013

What rough beast, eh?

So they'll remake <i>Starship Troopers</i>, merely omitting the unnecessary and confusing nuace. Likewise for Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now and Dr Strangelove.

Dan ducks in to say...

Posted March 20, 2013

I want it to be all Neil Patrick Harris

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted March 20, 2013

Though wasn't the entire Satrgate SG-1 series just a remake of the Stargate movie.

Sure Snake 'Call me Pliskin' is cool, but dammit I am still waiting on my promised Balck 7 reboot, can we not organise some sort of priority listing for these remakes.

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted March 20, 2013

Blake 7 reboot. Do'h

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TC swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 20, 2013

Man I loved the Escapes in their day - remakes always worry me but really... what's there to get wrong here? Problem in some city, bring in Snake, explosions, growl from Snake, people die, more explosions, surf the wave. Sure, the wave was in LA, and is probably the jump the shark moment, especialy with those dodgy graphics... but it was cool. That's probably the crux of the movie - coolness. Make it about dialogue and back story and family and all those sad events that led to Snake being who he is and you may as well just re-make Home and Away.

Speaking of Oscars for Kurt - Tango & Cash. Awesome.

And finally - the only movie and actor at the time that I found got close to Kurt's enigmatic style and brilliant approach to conflict was They Live with Roddy Piper. I'm pretty sure Roddy was channelling Kurt in the bank scene... "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum!"

w from brisbane thrillingly has opinions thus...

Posted March 20, 2013

You will be looking forward to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's 2013 movie release.

Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies

A Cheeseburger special!

pi mumbles...

Posted March 20, 2013

Lol... great minds think alike. Came here to say exactly the same thing about They Live!

Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 20, 2013

They Live is an under appreciated CLASSIC

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 21, 2013

OBEY

MARRY AND REPRODUCE

NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT

CONSUME

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w from brisbane, zombie, is gonna tell you...

Posted March 20, 2013

Wow, there is a promotional video for Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59qPKe4HZQg

TC asserts...

Posted March 20, 2013

And here I thought you were just shitting me! That looks awesome... awesomely bad. Or maybe just bad.

That said... Roddy seems to have aged remarkably well.

w from brisbane admiringly swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 20, 2013

TC, how very 'auteur'.

'Escape from New York' and 'They Live' have the same director. Nice.

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tqft mumbles...

Posted March 20, 2013

Has there been any original material out of Hollywood recently? Zombies vs Pro-wrestlers looks at least original.

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Lobes has opinions thus...

Posted March 20, 2013
Escape from New York is an awesome pizza chain as well.

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beeso mumbles...

Posted March 20, 2013

Escape from LA is the second worst movie of all time.

w from brisbane pleadingly reckons...

Posted March 20, 2013

'Escape from LA' is a camp spoof of 'Escape from New York'.

p.s. Stop the torture! Please. please, please, what is the worst movie of all time?

pi would have you know...

Posted March 20, 2013

Worst movie of all time?

The Replacements.

<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0191397/reviews?filter=hate</span>

The haters have it.

beeso has opinions thus...

Posted March 20, 2013

Boxing Helana is the worst movie of all time. By a long way.

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pi mutters...

Posted March 20, 2013

Can't wait. One of my favourite movie-makers John Carpenter (both Big Trouble and Escape). Will be interesting to see what they can do with this... it really would. The character of both the Cabbie, Duke and Brain would be ones that actors could really get their teeth into.

But seriously... remake a Carpenter movie? They Live!.

"I have come here to chew bubble-gum and to kick-ass. And I'm all out of bubble-gum.".

Ya can't beat that kind of dialogue.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted March 20, 2013

There were a few whispers on i09 that there were going to be sequels made to the first Stargate movie that sidesteps the SG1 continuity (given that time travel is possible in Stargate, why not) - but revival doesn't seem likely given the fate of SGU.

However there is a new Stargate video game for iOS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf4iyw9eIv0

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted March 20, 2013

A remake of Dark Star would be cool. The end bit, jumping on surfboards riding the shock wave of a planet-killer bomb would bring the awesome in 3D with The Atlantics 'Bombora' as a soundtrack.

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted March 21, 2013

Beeso has called it. 'Boxing Helena' is the worst movie of all time.

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Toxteth O'Grady asserts...

Posted March 21, 2013

Hey, it wasn't just the 80's that Kurt made great films! He was pretty good as that hippy dude in Big Lebowski, and that Tron movie from a couple of years ago that totally ripped off that Regurgitator music video, and when he played Obi Wan's dad Kweejong from Starwars (the first one. No, not that one, the other first one that came after). That one with Meg Ryan drowning was a bit naff, though.

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted March 21, 2013

Great idea ShaneAlpha! Veronica Mars and Weapons of Choice.

Veronica Mars investigates the disappearance of Buzz Bidtrup, a high school friend who had mysteriously disappeared while mowing the lawn of Professor Manning Pope.

Veronica discovers that, not only has Buzz Bidtrup disappeared, but no one can find the mower! Beginning to suspect that Professor Pope is interfering with the very fabric of space and time, Veronica sneaks aboard the JRV Nagoya ….

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Bunyip reckons...

Posted March 21, 2013

Is it too soon to suggest a Buffy reboot? Asking for a friend.

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