With films like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Matrix and many, many more to his name, if anyone can produce an action film that takes place in the confines of an airplane, it’s Joel Silver. His latest producorial endeavor is Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop. It features Liam Neeson as Bill Marks, an air marshal who receives anonymous text messages during a transatlantic flight, demanding that he either fork over $150 million or lose a passenger every 20 minutes.
With Non-Stop due for a February 28th release, Collider got the chance to talk to Silver about the challenges of the production. Even after losing a truck full of cameras to Hurricane Sandy, they still managed to pull everything together, building an entire airplane outfitted with ceilings perfect for Neeson’s height and tracks that adhered to Collet-Serra’s shot selection, and selecting roughly 200 extras to portray the other passengers for the entirety of the shoot. Check out the details of what Silver had to say about all of that, the rights payment he believes he’s owed for the use of the airline Oceanic in Lost, his horror thriller Home Invasion, the status of his Escape from New York remake and more after the jump.
It’s been nearly a year since news broke that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal snatched up the rights to John Carpenter’s Escape from New York after New Line’s claim to them lapsed, but announcements regarding Snake Plissken’s return to the big screen just about ended there. However, while talking to Silver in New York City about his upcoming release, Non-Stop, he offered Collider an update on the status of the project and a clearer sense of how he’s going to turn the film into a trilogy. Hit the jump for more.
Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled a truly great new piece that should please fans of John Carpenter’s 1981 film Escape from New York. The sixth scale figure of Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken comes complete with trademark eye patch, muscle shirt, and combat boots, with plenty of accessories to fill out the package. Pop in Snake’s homing device to keep him on mission or swap it out for his USPF-issued sub-machine gun when things get hairy, it’s up to you! Hit the jump to take a closer look at the collectible or click here to pre-order on Sideshow’s website, which comes with an exclusive nuclear fusion information cassette tape.
Friday night, Kurt Russell did something that he almost never does. He sat down in front of an audience and answered questions about one of his films. This auspicious event happened at the Q&A screening for Escape from New York that was a part of Entertainment Weekly’s ongoing CapeTown Film Fest. Russell talked about what it was like to work with director John Carpenter and gave fans some great behind-the-scenes info about the shoot, such as details about Snake’s wardrobe and what scene was cut from the film and why. Russell also gave his opinion about a possible remake of the film. Hit the jump for all that info and much more.
Entertainment Weekly has announced the complete lineup for the upcoming EW CapeTown Film Festival, and it’s chock-full of great films and exciting guests. Screenings include Shaun of the Dead, The Thing, Escape from New York, The Goonies, Twelve Monkeys, and Star Trek (2009), with a special “May the 4th Be With You” all-day marathon of Return of the Jedi. More excitingly, though, is the fact that Edgar Wright, John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Leonard Nemoy, and more will be onhand to introduce and discuss the various films.
Hit the jump to check out the full lineup, which also includes a special announcement that’s coming soon. EW CapeTown Film Festival will run in Los Angeles from April 30th – May 6th.
John Carpenter’s 1981 post-apocalyptic thriller Escape from New York is the latest property to get a face-lift. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, an eye-patching wearing, bank-robbing convict tasked with venturing into the maximum security prison that has become Manhattan in order to rescue the President (Donald Pleasence) and gain his freedom. A reboot was attempted a few years ago but New Line let the rights lapse. Now, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are teaming up to bring a new look (and a new face) to the franchise with plans of an origin story and eventual trilogy. Hit the jump for more.
Those of you concerned about the amount of remakes currently circling Hollywood now have one less project to worry about. The long-gestating remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 Escape from New York has been dropped by New Line. Over the course of its development, the remake had names such as Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner reportedly interested in taking on the role of Snake Plissken made famous by Kurt Russell. From a directorial perspective, Breck Eisner (The Crazies) was most recently attached to the project with a script co-written by Allan Loeb (The Switch) and set up at producer Neal Moritz’s Original Films banner.
For those unfamiliar with the film, Escape from New York is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City that has been downgraded (or upgraded depending on how you feel about NYC) to a maximum-security prison. As the story goes, the eyepatch-wielding/convicted felon Plissken takes on the challenging task of rescuing the President (Donald Pleasence) from the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes). The stakes? If he succeeds, he is pardoned of his crimes. If he fails, a device he’s wearing will kill him. While those hoping to live in an Escape from New York remake-free world can breathe a sigh of relief for now, Deadline does well to point out that New Line’s dropping of the property also means that the film is back up for grabs. In other words, we aren’t out of the woods just yet.
New Line is in negotiations with Breck Eisner to helm their remake of the classic 1981 Kurt Russell flick Escape From New York. Eisner recently directed the remake of George Romero’s The Crazies for Overture. New Line’s Escape From New York remake has been in the works for a few years, and Gerard Butler was initially attached but left the project in 2007. The remake’s script was written by Ken Nolan, David Kajganich and Allan Loeb, and it will follow the basic plot of John Carpenter’s original film, in which former soldier Snake Plissken has one day to save the President after Air Force One crashes and Manhattan has been overrun by gangs. According to Variety, Walter Hamada and Sam Brown will oversee for New Line. The project is set up at Neal Moritz’ Original Films
Steve recently spoke with Moritz about the film earlier this month. Moritz wouldn’t say much beyond that they have a script and that he’s okay making it R-rated as long as it’s for violence and not language because he thinks swearing doesn’t automatically make something a cool movie. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about this project in the near future.
About two weeks ago, I sat down with producer Neal H. Moritz for an awesome interview where we talked about everything he has in development and how he got into making movies. Due to how long the interview was, I ran many articles under the headline “Seven Days With Neal Moritz”, and broke up each part by what movies we covered.
Due to how successful the articles were, I figured some of you might want to read the entire interview as it actually happened. Also, I’m a huge fan of listening to what people have to say and not reading it as a transcript, so besides the full interview, after the jump you can also get the audio.
During the interview we talked about 3D, R.I.P.D., the Highlander reboot, Fast and the Furious 5/6, Shane Black’s Doc Savage, his remake of Total Recall, Flash Gordon, Battle: Los Angeles, Green Hornet, Jack the Giant Killer, Preacher, S.W.A.T. 2, the remake of Escape From New York, Man-Witch, The Boys, Sinbad, and so much more. It’s an awesome interview and one I cannot recommend enough:
Continuing my “Seven Days with Producer Neal Moritz” series, tonight I’ve got updates on Preacher, S.W.A.T. 2, the remake of Escape From New York, Man-Witch, The Boys, and Sinbad - which is now called The 8th Voyage of Sinbad. Some of the highlights are:
- They’re talking to a new director (wouldn’t say who) as Sam Mendes is going to do James Bond
- John August wrote the script
- He envisions shooting Preacher in 2011
- Talks about John August deciding to spread out the story over a few movies rather than trying for just one film
- Definitely rated R
- He told me that John August mentioned he’d be interested in directing the movie himself!
Escape From New York remake
- They have a script and they’re out to directors
- They’ve had a few meetings with different directors and a couple of actors really want to play Snake Plissken
- Gerard Butler hasn’t read the new script but after they hire a director they’ll talk to him again
- Thinks it will be rated R
Much, much more after the jump:
Things have been kind of quiet concerning the remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape from New York starring Kurt Russell as the one-eyed bad ass, Snake Plissken, who is sent into a post-disaster New York city to rescue the President from an island full of criminals and Isaac Hayes. While once rumored to star Gerard Butler with Len Wiseman at the helm, the project has been stuck in development hell for quite a while now. Well it looks like things are starting to heat back up for the remake, with new details on how the New York penal colony will be realized and how Snake’s character will be handled. Hit the jump to read on.
Len Wiseman, the man who abused his blue-filter privileges for Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, will follow up 2007′s Live Free or Die Hard with an end-of-the-world flick entitled Nocturne. According to THR, 20th Century Fox has picked up the project based on an original idea about a group of people who survive the end of the world and the mystery surrounding how they got to that position. The project is currently looking for writers for what I have to say is not a bad premise.
As for Wiseman, his other potential projects, including the underwater military action flick Atlantis Rising and the futuristic war movie Shrapnel (why all the killing, Wiseman?), but doesn’t have a go picture. Wiseman has been a non-starter for some potentially major films like a remake of Escape from New York and an adaptation of the popular video game Gears of War.