'Escape From N.Y.' Has All-Night Finale At Statue
Of Liberty (Daily
John Carpenter's futuristic
adventure film Escape From New York
wrapped principal photography Thurs. (9) after an all night location shoot at
the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.
The $7,000,000 pic for Avco Embassy Pictures has been shooting in Los Angeles,
St. Louis and Atlanta since the beginning of August with
Lee Van Cleef,
Harry Dean Stanton
and Adrienne Barbeau.
While special effects work is ongoing in
Venice, California studio for this science fiction pic, Carpenter has scheduled
two months for editing, to be followed by preparing his music score and mixing
for Dolby stereo. He estimated an April or May completion date, in time for
Avemb's scheduled July, 1981 release.
Carpenter noted the change in scale represented by the
Escape From New York
production. All his previous
features, including The Fog and
Halloween had come in for $1,000,000 or
less and were partially or wholly non-union. Union-made film Escape
utilized a 180-person crew, as compared to the 40-50 member unit utilized on
The Fog in 1979.
Carpenter clarified his upcoming picture schedule to Variety. First up will be a
sequel to his hit, namely Halloween II, hopefully to roll
next February or March. No deal has yet been made on this property (though Irwin
Yablans is a prospective partner), with Carpenter co-scripting with his producer
As with all of his previous films, Carpenter will compose the film's music, but
no director has been set yet.
Currently being scripted is a Jeremy Summers property Hell Hath No
Fury, which Carpenter will co-produce with his wife Adrienne Barbeau
for their Hye Whitebread Productions banner. Meanwhile,
script for a Universal Pictures remake of RKO's The Thing
has been completed and project is being budgeted by the studio. Carpenter is
excited by the script, noting that it goes back to the original Who Goes
There? science fiction story by John W. Campbell Jr. rather than parroting
the Howard Hawks 1951 production.
Helmer plans a late 1981 start for his EMI-backed epic western El
Diablo. Scrapped is Carpenter's "secret" fantasy project
Without a Trace about government experimenting
with invisibility. He confessed that though the subject was fascinating, "I
couldn't come up with a third act."