Way back in 2011, New Line dropped plans for a remake of the cult classic, Escape From New York. Since then, producer Joel Silver has had his eye on the 1981 property directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, but there hasn’t been much movement on it for a while.
Now, Starlog is reporting that Silver and his Silver Pictures already has a shortlist of actors they want to star as Plissken, including Sons Of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam, The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, and The Guest‘s Dan Stevens, according to their unnamed inside sources.
Hunnam reportedly is the top pick for the role of the eye-patch-wearing Snake, but the actor is currently in final negotiations to star in a King Arthur film for Guy Ritchie, and he’s locked into Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2, so it unclear whether he’ll be free to commit to the Escape From New York remake.
While it’s reportedly in early pre-production stages, with concept art commissioned, and there’s no director yet, the remake will be “more team-based,” with some of the supporting characters becoming co-leads. Snake will be the leader of said team, which will be a mix of old and new characters. Here’s what Starlog has about the team:
“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.”
Silver plans to make this film the first of a trilogy.
In other Escape news, BOOM! Studios recently announced their plans for an Escape From New York comic book series launching in December.