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February, 2020
Leigh Whannell tells us that he is a big fan of Escape From New York and that he is unsure if it will be his next film.

'Escape From New York' Writer Leigh Whannell Gives Status Update on Remake (The Wrap/Feb 27/2020) By Beatrice Verhoeven

February, 2020
Leigh Whannell tells us that he does not want to mess with Escape From New York and that Wyatt Russell is a possible choice to play Plissken. 

Leigh Whannell Offers Update On 'Escape From New York' Reboot (ComicBook/Feb 14/2020) By Patrick Cavanaugh

February, 2019
Leigh Whannell will write a new script and maybe direct. 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/Feb 01/2019) By Borys Kit

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

Original 'Escape From New York' Co-Writer Weighs In On Reboot Plans (ComicBook/Jan 11/2019) By Patrick Cavanaugh

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

Robert Rodriguez Won't Confirm Or Deny Directing 'Escape From New York' (Screen Rant/Dec 12/2018) By Padraig Cotter

December, 2017
John Carpenter approves the script.

Writer Updates On 'Escape From New York' Reboot; Carpenter Approves The Script (Bloody Disgusting/Dec 04/2017) By John Squires

March, 2017
Robert Rodriguez is confirmed to direct.

Robert Rodriguez To Direct 'Escape From New York'
(Deadline/Mar 24/2017) By Mike Fleming Jr

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/Mar 24/2017) By Borys Kit

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/Dec 01/2016) By Brad Miska

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

'Escape From New York': 10 Remake Story Details Revealed (Exclusive) (The Wrap/Dec 01/2016) By Umberto Gonzalez

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/Oct 12/2015) By Borys Kit

February, 2015:
Gary Whitta on 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/Feb 26/2015) By Peter Sciretta

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
(Deadline/Jan 13/2015) By Mike Fleming Jr

September, 2014:
Dan Stevens on the Escape From New York remake casting rumors.

EXCLUSIVE: Dan Stevens Denies Links To 'Escape From New York' Remake (Flickering Myth/Sep 01/2014) By Luke Owen

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/Aug 31/2014) By Namtar

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

Bam! Pow! Zap! Kurt Russell Talks Snake Plissken Reboots; 'Catching Fire's Willow Shields On Jennifer Lawrence Being Goofy On Set (Fandango/Mar 06/2014) By Scott Huver

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/Feb 19/2014) By Roth Cornet

February, 2014
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/Feb 09/2014) By Perri Nemiroff

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' (New York Daily News/Mar 25/2013)

March, 2013
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/Mar 18/2013) By Mike Fleming Jr

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/Jul 20/2011) By Mike Fleming Jr

November, 2010
Jeremy Renner has not been offered the role of Snake Plissken.

Debunked: Jeremy Renner Will NOT 'Escape From New York' (The Wrap/Nov 10/2010) By Jeff Sneider

November, 2010
Jeremy Renner is rumored to be 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/Nov 05/2010)   

June, 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/Jun 25/2010) By DogsOfWar

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' (ComingSoon/Jun 23/2010)

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/Jun 23/2010) By Niki Stephens

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/Jun 22/2010) By Steve Barton

April, 2010
Breck Eisner is confirmed to direct.

Breck Eisner Making 'Escape From New York' (ComingSoon/Apr 23/2010)

April, 2010
Neil Moritz tells us that they are aiming for an R rating for the film.

Updates On 'Escape From New York' Remake
(Horror-Movies/Apr 12/2010) By Meh

April, 2010
Neil Moritz tells us that they have a script and that they are looking for a director.
He has a few people who are interested in playing Snake Plissken but has not ruled out Gerard Butler yet.

You Can't Escape The 'Escape From New York' Remake
(UGO/Apr 09/2010) By Christopher Monfette

February, 2010
Allan Loeb tells us that he hopes for a franchise.
'Escape From New York' Remake Writer Allan Loeb Sees Franchise Potential (MTV/Feb 12/2010) By Adam Rosenberg

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/Feb 10/2010) By Claude Brodesser-Akner

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

Jonathan Mostow Talks About 'Escape From New York' Remake (Fangoria/Sep/2009)

May, 2009
Neil 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/May 20/2009) By Nick Allen

June, 2008
Josh Brolin is rumored to play Snake Plissken.

Rumor: Josh Brolin Escaping New York (Latino Review/Jun 20/2008) By Edgar 'El Toro' Arce

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
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
(Variety/Oct 30/2007) By Michael Fleming

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/Oct 05/2007) By Merrick

August, 2007
Len Wiseman is confirmed to direct.

Len Wiseman To Direct 'New York' (Variety/Aug 14/2007)

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/Aug 03/2007) By Merrick

July, 2007
Stephanie Sanchez (IESB) reviews Ken Nolan's script.

Script Review: 'Escape From New York' Re-Make (IESB/Jul 02/2007) By Stephanie Sanchez

July, 2007
Merrick (Ain't It Cool News) reviews Ken Nolan's script.

Merrick Thinks The 'Escape From New York' Remake Script Is Surprisingly Escape From New Yorkish!! (Ain't It Cool News/Jul 01/2007) By Merrick

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

Kurt Russell's Not Happy About The Planned 'Escape From New York' Remake (About/Apr 07/2007) By Rebecca Murray

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

Kurt Russell Talks 'Escape' Remake
(Horror-Movies/Apr 02/2007) By Meh

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

Remake The Snake? Kurt Russell: I Am Snake Plissken!" (EW/Mar 21/2007) By Chris Nashawaty

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/Mar 21/2007) By Quint

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' (Variety/Mar 15/2007) By Dave McNary


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