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February, 2019
Leigh Whannell will write a new script. It will retain elements of the original and also bring new ideas.

Leigh Whannell to Tackle 'Escape From New York' Remake for Fox (Exclusive) (Hollywood Reporter)

January, 2019
Nick Castle on the Escape From New York remake.

'Escape From New York' Co-Writer Nick Castle Shares Thoughts on Reboot (
Dark Universe: Horror Database)

December, 2018
Robert Rodriguez neither confirms or denies still directing.

Robert Rodriguez Won't Confirm Or Deny Directing 'Escape From New York' (Screen Rant)

December, 2017
John Carpenter approves the script.

Writer Updates On 'Escape From New York' Reboot; Carpenter Approves The Script (Bloody Disgusting)

March, 2017
Robert Rodriguez is confirmed to direct.

Robert Rodriguez Will Direct 'Escape From New York' (IndieWire)

March, 2017
Robert Rodriguez is considered to direct. Production is targeted to start later this year.

Robert Rodriguez In Talks To Direct 'Escape From New York' Remake (Hollywood Reporter)

December, 2016
The remake will be a prequel and Plissken might not have an eyepatch.

'Escape From New York' Will Be A Prequel (Exclusive) (Bloody Disgusting)

December, 2016
10 facts about Neil Cross' Escape From New York Script:

'Escape From New York': 10 Remake Story Details Revealed (Exclusive) (The Wrap)

October, 2015:
Neil Cross is confirmed to write the screenplay.

'Escape From New York' Movie To Be Written By 'Luther' Creator Neil Cross (Exclusive) (Hollywood Reporter)

February, 2015:
Gary Whitta talks about his involvement in Silver Pictures dropped remake of Escape From New York.

Gary Whitta Talks 'Akira', 'Escape From New York', 'Warcraft' And Rumored 'Starcraft' Project (Slash Film)

January, 2015:
Twentieth Century Fox has won the rights to remake Escape From New York after an open bidding process. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's Picture Company will produce and John Carpenter will be an executive producer.

'Escape From New York' Remake Rights Deal Won By Fox

September, 2014:
Dan Stevens to the Flickering Myth about the EFNY remake casting rumors:

"(laughs) I just heard (the rumours) this morning." Steven said. "It’s the first I've heard of it. It's hilarious if it's true! I don’t know anything about it. But it's lovely to have it bandied about."

During the interview, Stevens talked about this love for John Carpenter movies and indicated that he would be interested in the role however saying, "I need to make some phone calls, I think!"

EXCLUSIVE: Dan Stevens Denies Links To 'Escape From New York' Remake (Flickering Myth)

August, 2014:
No official release has been made yet but according to a source Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) are three actors on Silver Pictures shortlist. None of the actors have read for the role but an offer will me made "any day now" and Hunnam is apparently the top contender in a more team-based remake. It is still aimed as a trilogy but the origin story aspect for the first film will be played down and be incorporated as brief glimpses throughout the film. No director has been chosen yet but according to the source we would learn a "definite answer" before the year's end. It is also indicated that the film will carry "a dark tone" and that it will still carry a sci-fi element only "less tech-based and more of a gun-and-run thriller."

'Escape From New York' Remake Looks To Be A Team Based Movie (Nuke the Fridge)

February, 2014
Kurt Russell Talks Snake Plissken Reboots

Bam! Pow! Zap! Kurt Russell Talks Snake Plissken Reboots; 'Catching Fire's Willow Shields On Jennifer Lawrence Being Goofy On Set (Fandango)

February, 2014
Kurt Russell on the Escape From New York remake

Kurt Russell On Joel Silver's Proposed 'Escape From New York' Remake: 'Why?' (IGN)

February, 2014
Producer Joel Silver tells us that the script is not complete yet and that the game Arkham City is an inspiration, showing how the city became a walled prison. He also says that they have kind of figured out a way to do almost a trilogy of the original story also showing how Snake Plissken was a hero and how he became not looked at as a hero. And then after the movie that we saw with the President's daughter (?) going down kind of find a way to have New York go back to a place that we'd like too see what it is today. 

Producer Joel Silver Breaks Down His 'Escape From New York' Trilogy; Script Isn't Complete Yet (Collider)

March, 2013
Studio Canal wants either Jason Statham or Tom Hardy to play Snake. They wants to make sure they get one of the two British men before the summer.

Jason Statham And Tom Hardy In A Battle Of The Brits To Star In 'Escape From New York' (Daily News)

March, 2013
Deadline confirms that Joel Silver and Studio Canal are planning to reboot Escape From New York as a trilogy. Studio Canal has entrusted Silver with the rights and the goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story. Studio Canal will finance development of the project before placing it with a studio. A writer search is underway. Silver and Andrew Rona will produce and Silver's EVP Alex Heineman will be executive producer.

Joel Silver, Studio Canal To Reboot John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York' (Deadline)

July, 2011
New Line and Warner Bros drops Escape From New York remake. It is now up for grabs. Jamie Moss was also working on the screenplay and Tom Hardy was a possible candidate to be Snake Plissken

New Line Dropping 'Escape From New York' (Deadline)

November, 2010
Deal Central confirms that Jeremy Renner has not been offered the role of Snake Plissken.

Jeremy Renner Will NOT 'Escape From New York' (The Wrap)

November, 2010
According to Production Weekly Jeremy Renner is in talks to be Snake Plissken and the movie will start filming the first quarter in 2011.

'Escape From New York' Wants Jeremy Renner As Snake Plissken (MovieWeb)   

August, 2010
Breck Eisner tells us that he wants to discover this movie through a completely different set of eyes in a different decade. He also realizes that a remake of this movie is a risk and explains that he is not a big fan of Escape From L.A. He also likes the current script but tells us that they are polishing it. He also tells us that they will do the things that Carpenter wanted to do bigger and better and that he wants to do New York more recognizable and identifiable.
Breck Eisner Updates Us On 'Escape From New York' (Comic Book Movie)

June, 2010
Breck Eisner tells us that the whole social commentary in Escape From New York is irrelevant now and that it suffered from a really small budget. He also tells us that he has an audience now that does not know this movie so well and that all this gave him confidence to tackle this remake.  

Exclusive: Breck Eisner On 'The Brood', 'Escape From New York', And 'Blood Of The Innocent' (Dread Central)

June, 2010
Breck Eisner tells us that he will do a pass on Allan Loeb's script and that he is a huge fan of Escape From New York.

Exclusive: Breck Eisner On 'Escape From New York' (CommingSoon)

June, 2010

Breck Eisner tells us that they can not make the movie unless they get a perfect Snake Plissken. He also says that Timothy Olyphant is a guy that could pull it off. He also tells us that the prison will be different due to the anxiety of the world and anxiety of our existence post-9/11 in there. He ends with saying that the movie will have a different plot but being emotionally similar to the original movie.

Could Timothy Olyphant Be The New Snake Plissken - Breck Eisner Talks Remake (JoBlo)

April, 2010
Breck Eisner is confirmed to direct.

Breck Eisner Making 'Escape From New York' (ComingSoon)

April, 2010
Producer Neil Moritz tells us that they have a script and that they are looking for a director.
He has a few people in mind to play Snake Plissken but they hope Gerard Butler will read the new script and consider the role. He also says they are aiming for an R rating for the film.

You Can't Escape The 'Escape From New York' Remake (PDF) (UGO)
Updates On 'Escape From New York' Remake (Horror-Movies)

February, 2010
Screenwriter Allan Loeb tells us that he hopes for a franchise.
'Escape From New York' Remake Writer Allan Loeb Sees Franchise Potential (MTV)

February, 2010
Allan Loeb rewrites the script. Sources tells us that Manhattan will be geographically undesirable, but intact due to budget restraints. This Manhattan was evacuated and turned into a privately run penal colony after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city. A Private, KRB-like security company controls Manhattan instead of the United States Police Force. Prisoners are also being processed on Ellis Island. New Line has also signed a contract with John Carpenter that Snake must remain the same.

Exclusive Details On The 'Escape From New York' Remake: Different Big Apple, Same Eye Patch (New York Magazine)

September, 2009
Jonathan Mostow tells us that he chose to do Surrogates instead.

Jonathan Mostow Talks About 'Escape From New York' Remake (Fangoria)

July, 2009
"The Doctor" over at Ain't It Cool News reviews Jonathan Mostow's EFNY remake script. He is not happy about it.

Jonathan Mostow's Remake Script Review (
Ain't It Cool News)

June, 2009
Producer Neal Moritz is going to produce a remake of Cliffhanger and also a re-boot Escape From New York. The Budget is set to $80 million, and it will be made by Warner Bros, New Line and Studio Canal.

'Cliffhanger' And 'Escape From New York' Remakes In The Works (The Scorecard Review)

June, 2008
Spielberg News, a French website is reporting that Josh Brolin is in talks or in consideration to play Snake Plissken in a remake of Escape from New York. This is yet to be confirmed, so for this is only a rumor.

Rumor: Josh Brolin Escaping From New York? (PDF) (Latino Reviews)

February, 2008
New Line Cinema is shut down and is declared dead.
The studio will be falling in under Time Warner and will become part of Warner Brothers.

October, 2007
Both Brett Ratner and Gerard Butler are off. Gerard due to "creative differences." Jonathan Mostow is replaced to rewrite the script with an option to direct.

Butler Escapes 'Escape' Remake
(PDF) (Variety)

October, 2007
Brett Ratner replaces Len Wiseman.

UPDATED!! 'Escape From New York' Remake Director Swap!! Who Could Be Worse Than Wiseman?? Oh...Wait... (Ain't It Cool News)

August, 2007
Len Wiseman is confirmed to direct.

Len Wiseman To Direct 'New York' (Variety)

August, 2007
Len Wiseman is considered to direct.

And The Director Of 'Gears Of War' And The 'Escape From New York' Remake May Be... (Ain't It Cool News)

July, 2007
Stephanie Sanchez over at
IESB reviews Ken Nolan's script here (PDF).

June. 2007
Merrick over at
Ain't It Cool News reviews Ken Nolan's
script here. He tells us it is surprisingly Escape From New Yorkish.

March, 2007
Kurt Russell on the Escape From New York remake

Kurt Russell Talks 'Escape' Remake (PDF) (Horror-Movies)
Kurt Russell On 'Escape From New York' Remake (PDF) (Horror-Movies)
Remake The Snake? Kurt Russell: I Am Snake Plissken!" (EW)
Kurt Russell's Not Happy About The Planned 'Escape from New York' Remake (PDF) (About)

March, 2007
New Line has won the bidding war for the remake of John Carpenter's Escape From New York. In a package put together by the CAA agency, Gerard Butler will take over the Snake Plissken role made famous by Kurt Russell. According to John Carpenter, Neil Moritz & Ken Nolan it will be "almost an origin story."

'Escape From New York' More Of A Prequel Than A Remake? So Says Carpenter To Suicide Girls!! (Ain't It Cool News)

March, 2007
Gerard Butler is at the center of a package that CAA began shopping for a remake of John Carpenter's Escape From New York. Neil Moritz is attached to produce, with Black Down Down scribe Ken Nolan penning the screenplay. Several studios are battling for the pic, mostly because the
$70 million launch of 300 signaled the arrival of an emerging action star in Butler.

New Line Plotting Butler 'Escape' (PDF) (Variety)


Draft (June 16, 2007) (PDF) (3.02 MB)

Writer: Ken Nolan
Pages: 128

Draft (February 03, 2010) (PDF) (12.1 MB)

Writers: Ken Nolan, David Kajganich & Allan Loeb
Pages: 110