• 2. Did not use the deleted scenes opening credits montage, used the original films instead
Mike McQuay's Movie Tie-In
Novel explores Plissken's past
a little bit more. It has an explanation how
Plissken lost his eye due to deadly nerve gas in Leningrad and we also get to know that
his parents were
killed by the United States Police Force from a hostage situation etc. Plissken
comes across as a more sympathetic protagonist in the book.
It explores the movie's backstory more. It explains that New York due to World War III was the first North American target to be attacked by fire bombs and the deadly nerve gas. As a result of this, survivors turned into Crazies and the gas spread and turned other poor Americans from a collapsed economy into criminals and Crazies. The United States Police Force is furthermore exclusively filled with mad war veterans.
It has a complete new chapter called the Steri-Chamber. In this chapter we get to know that The Steri-Chamber is a place where criminals gets castrated by a machine placed over your hips before being sent into the prison. It also introduces us to a new character called Sergeant Duggan who is an asshole watching over Plissken in this room.
It gives Bob Hauk a backstory similar to Plissken's. We also get to know how he became the warden of New York and that he has a Crazy son living in the prison.
It includes scenes that were cut out of the movie or never shot.
An interview with Mike McQuay, the Escape From New York novelist (Pharr Out!/Issue 1/1994) By Kim August
Coleman Luck's Escape From L.A. Script (1987)