Rumor: Charlie Hunnam Top Choice for Snake Plissken in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Remake?

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Yup, we’re still talking about that Escape From New York remake.  Folks have been trying to make this thing for years now, but after all this time, it doesn’t seem like they’ve gotten anywhere closer to actually making it happen.  However, if this new rumor turns out to be true, perhaps that could change soon.

There’s a reporting floating around out there claiming that even though there’s still no director attached, Silver Pictures and StudioCanal are making moves and have their eye on Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens to portray the new Snake Plissken.  Hit the jump for more on the Escape From New York remake.

dan-stevens-escape-from-new-yorkThe news comes from Starlog (via /Film) and the outlet claims to have a very trusted source close to the production.  According to that source, the film is currently in early pre-production and Snake Plissken isn’t the sole star of it.  Apparently this iteration will have Plissken trekking through a treacherous New York landscape as part of a team of criminals because he makes a deal with them; they help him save the president and he helps them get off the island-turned-prison.

Evidently the new Escape From New York always had this team vibe to it, but over time, these criminals have gone from supporting players to main characters under Plissken’s command.  According to Starlog, these are the criminal characters that will appear in the film:

“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.”

Now let’s get to that casting.  If the rumors are true, Hunnam, Bernthal and Stevens are on the shortlist for the Plissken role with Hunnam being the top choice.  None have actually read for the part yet, but the source insists that an offer will be made any day.  There is a chance that Pacific Rim 2 could knock Hunnam out and, if the whole King Arthur thing pans out, that could pose a scheduling conflict as well.  However, apparently that’s not stopping Silver Pictures from moving forward with pre-production artwork featuring Hunnam, possibly for use at the American Film Market.

The source refused to reveal who’s being considered to direct because they say it’s far too early in the process, but they did add a little more about what they’re doing with the script, claiming that instead of an origin story, we’ll get glimpses of Plissken’s past throughout the film that will blend into reality due to a post-traumatic stress disorder.  In addition, the film will not be tech-heavy, but rather, more of a “gun-and-run thriller.”

Before wrapping up, Starlog pointed out that none of this information has been confirmed, so don’t take it too seriously right now.  Again, this project has been around for quite a while and hasn’t been given an official green light just yet, so even if all of this is true, it’s still subject to change.

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  • God’s Diamond

    I didn’t know the original took place in 1997, like Predator 2.
    anyway, Wyatt Russell did well in 22 jump street you would think they would look at him for this too.

  • al

    This does not need to be remade. With that being said, between this and the King Arthur news yesterday, dropping out of 50 shades of Grey is looking like it’s paying off for Charlie Hunnam

  • TimeTravelMan

    That’s not how you spell Karl Urban.

  • HORSEFLESH

    Hunnam is no action star.

  • HORSEFLESH

    Hunnam is no action star.

  • Kurt Russell

    I wouldn’t care nor would I watch a remake of a film that needs no remake BUT I have to say I have a SEVERE hatred for Hunnam’s fucking face.

    Him and Jon “duh look” Snow need to take facial expression class or something. Just something about Charlie acting tough and walking around like a douche. Look at him when he gets into that fight with the Aussie in Pacific Rim. He has a STUUUUUPID look on his face the entire time. Like he can’t decide to take a shit or cry. Ugh. He’s the least intimidating film tough guy ever. Well…besides maybe Tom Cruise.

  • Kurt Russell

    I know who should play Snake. ME!

  • appolox

    Well damn. I was so hoping for Jeremy Renner.

    • Steven

      HUH ?

      • appolox

        Jeremy Renner as Snake.

  • LEM

    Really?

  • Dan_K

    GodDAMNIT. This is blasphemous! When does it end? I like Charlie Hunnam, but he’s all kinds of wrong for this. Never mind the fact that remaking John Carpenter films is like trying to create something with ingredients that just flat out don’t exist anymore. Never mind the fact that giving Snake Plissken a fucking origin, or even any details about his past is so unbelievably boring and horrible that it nearly defies words. I hate everything about this whole damn project.

    • R0yBatty

      Right? Terrible idea. EFNY captured a moment in time, a remake is pointless. Although if they cast Hunam, and he has to back out of Pac Rim 2, so much the better.

  • dvjason8

    The only re boot that has worked so far is Star Trek ..The jury is out on Mad Max.. Fury Road but it looks like a Remake of The Road Warrior… Jump Street worked with all new characters with cameos of the originals….Kurt Russell is the only Snake .. Get his real son to play Snakes long lost kid who wait let the Hollywood clods do the work…My point stop recasting everything !!! Michael Mann I am talking to you!!! Do the Miami Vice movie we really wanted…Did you really have to recast the signature song with Nonpoint destroying In The Air Tonight….

    • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

      The Thing, The Fly, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dark Knight Trilogy, The Departed, True Lies, Vanilla Sky, Scarface, Cape Fear, Heat – all remakes better than the original (arguably). I don’t have a problem with remaking a movie that came out 30 something years ago.

      • lord jim

        The Thing (besides being based on the novella and not on the first movie), The Fly, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, True Lies, Scarface had completely different main characters with different names so it really wasn´t a casting issue.Robert Mitchum was a much better and scarier Max Cady than De Niro in Cape fear, Mitchum and the gorgous black and white photography, and one of the greatest showdowns made the original a better movie.And the Dark Knight Trilogy was not based on comicbooks not on movies, so it´s neither a remake nor a reboot.Heat and Vanilla Sky were made by the same directors as the originals, which brings me to my main point:Besides Cape Fear and the Departed (the original wasn´t so great) all of your examples have been passion projects of their directors and not the idea of a studio who wants to make cash with a known name and doesn´t even have a director to do it yet.Those directors had an idea they loved and looked for a studio to finance it, and that makes all the difference.Those studios that look for guns for hire don´t have a vision besides making money with a known brand, they hire someone to make one up, who hasn´t been thinking for years about the possibility, and who hasn´t a personal relationship with the material.And that is why most remakes suck, and why this remake is gonan suck too.

      • lord jim

        p.s.And even Cape Fear and The Departed have been written before the studios had the idea to make a remake, so they were passion projects of their respective screenwriters.

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        Urgh fine. F***ing internet.

      • Rev

        Vanilla Sky was directed (badly) by Cameron Crowe. Open Your Eyes (“Abre los ojos”) was directed by Alejandro Amenábar.

        Those are two different directors.

        Heat was remade by the same director as the original?
        Huh?

      • lord jim

        ups you are right, I mistook it for another spanish movie…the original was still better, I did like Kurt Russel though.
        Heat is a remake of L.A.Takedown by Michael Mann.

      • lord jim

        ups you are right, I mistook it for another spanish movie…the original was still better, I did like Kurt Russel though.
        Heat is a remake of L.A.Takedown by Michael Mann.

      • lord jim

        ups you are right, I mistook it for another spanish movie…the original was still better, I did like Kurt Russel though.
        Heat is a remake of L.A.Takedown by Michael Mann.

      • Rev

        Vanilla Sky was all kinds of terrible. The original is a great film, Crowe did it no favors at all. I wouldn’t put the Apes films ANYWHERE near the first two originals. The first original with Heston is a classic.

  • Jamie Teller

    Yeah, I like Hunnam fine, but I think he’s going to basically pull a Taylor Kitsch, have some duds to his name, and then kind of disappear.

    • LEM

      Isn’t Kitsch going to be in the second season of “True Detective”?

      • Jamie Teller

        No yeah, I over-generalized in his case; he was also in The Normal Heart and he might be in the remake of The Raid, but he went from being a lead in three major films in the space of four months to being basically a supporting character (which I blame on the script) in Lone Survivor and playing the co-lead in The Grand Seduction, which wasn’t exactly a smash, in the two years since.

        He’s basically being demoted back to TV.

      • LEM

        After two massive box office failures he had to reevaluate his choices to have any sustainability.

  • http://midnightmax.blogspot.com/ Travis Callaway

    I’d be OK with Dan Stevens, though Hunnam is definitely no action star and Bernthal is a supporting, character actor- he’d be out of his league.

  • poppincherry

    What would you expect from a town that made Mac and Me and Iron Eagle. Hollywood is a fucking joke.

  • Danny Mac

    Charlie SHOULD play Aquaman

  • chrisills

    Get Josh Holloway from Lost. He’s got the attitude for Snake.

  • chrisills

    Get Josh Holloway from Lost. He’s got the attitude for Snake.

  • chrisills

    Get Josh Holloway from Lost. He’s got the attitude for Snake.

  • herpderp

    Lets remake a cheesy cult classic whats the worst that could go wrong?

  • herpderp

    Lets remake a cheesy cult classic whats the worst that could go wrong?

  • herpderp

    Lets remake a cheesy cult classic whats the worst that could go wrong?

  • nelson

    Norman Reedus will be a good choice to play Snake Plissken in my opinion.

  • nelson

    Norman Reedus will be a good choice to play Snake Plissken in my opinion.

  • nelson

    Norman Reedus will be a good choice to play Snake Plissken in my opinion.

  • Lucas Accardo

    who?

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