John Carpenter is known for making jokes about how much he doesn’t hate the Halloween sequels—sometimes he says he holds out his hand and a check falls into it, other times he goes for the pithier, “Pay me.” Whatever he chooses, it looks like another check is flying toward his outstretched fingers as 20th Century studios are remaking her perennial classic, Escape From New York.
Deadline just released an update on the remake revealing that the directors behind Ready or Not and the 2022 Scream known as Radio Silence are on hand to develop the remake with Carpenter aboard as a producer (getting paid).
Radio Silence is the name behind a trio of directors who all work together: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella. They used to go by Chad, Matt, and Rob with the Zrob leaving the group. It made the remaining guys rename themselves to something that didn’t matter who was a part of it at any given moment. John Carpenter, is of course the famed horror director behind such classics as Halloween, The Thing, Christine, and They Live as well as the American take on Mad Max apocalyptic sci-fi, Escape From New York.
Radio Silence—with films like Ready or Not, VHS, and Scream (2022) under their belt—have shown they have a wicked sense of horror humor as well as the ability to play in other people’s sandboxes so that part bodes well for a remake. What hurts them a bit is that they won’t be remaking a shoddy, bad movie but one of Carpenter’s best, one of the most famous Kurt Russell roles ever (down to his character inspiring all the Snakes in the Metal Gear Solid game series), and a deservedly considered sci-fi action classic. It’s going to be an uphill battle tougher than fighting their way through a post-apocalyptic New York City.
Escape From New York is a 1981 post-apocalyptic action adventure sci-fi movie featuring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a former special forces soldier convicted of robbing the Federal Reserve who is sent into what remains of Manhattan island. The island is now a maximum security penitentiary after having a fifty-foot wall erected around it. Snake, forced to do the job after micro explosives are injected into his body, heads in to rescue the president who crashed there after a terrorist hijacked his plane. Meeting a motley crew of the survivors of the prison city, Snake rescues the ungrateful president and is freed of the bombs—while also taking the president’s tape about giving nuclear fusion secrets to the enemies America is at war with, secrets which were intended as a morbid peace offering.
The Escape From New York remake is currently under development.