Most days I can’t find a reason to jump on a remake bandwagon, but today is the exception. I saw this news and it immediately sounded right; via bloodydisgusting.com comes the “premature announcement” that Jeremy Renner is set to take on the role of Snake Plisskin in Escape from New York. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t really see a need for a do-over. But if they’re going to make it, Renner is a great choice.
If any of you have made the grievous error of plodding through life without having seen this John Carpenter classic, your first course of action should be to quickly correct that mistake. Escape from New York is a dark and gritty interpretation of a future where Manhattan has been transformed into a maximum security prison, surrounded by a wall and booby-trapped exits. There are no guards and once a prisoner enters, there is no release. Well unless, of course, you are one Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) and you make a deal to rescue the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance), who got himself kidnapped and accidentally dropped smack dab in the middle of Manhattan. Plissken is a previous special forces soldier who is about to begin his new prison life after having committed a robbery. Instead he is offered the chance to rescue the President - in exchange for his freedom - and to insure he doesn’t abandon the mission, Snake is injected with some sort of wacky internal explosives that will blow him to smithereens if he doesn’t complete his mission within 24 hours. Russell was long-haired, eye-patched, gravelly-voiced perfection as Plissken, but I think Renner could take it to another level. He’s got enough of that crazy-eye thing going to make the character a psycho and Renner also brings an inherent intellectual quality that would add dimension.
Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is set to begin production early 2011.
(This rumor was originally reported by The Hollywood Cog on the Pajiba Twitter feed).