No 'Escape' From Snake Plissken
(Movie Poop Shoot/2002)
Snake Plissken, the anti-hero of MGM's Escape From New York and
Paramount's Escape From L.A. is making a multimedia comeback
in the spring.
An anime feature film is in the works for a 2004 release, and Hurricane
has partnered with director John Carpenter, producer Debra
and actor Kurt Russell to produce a comic book series, John Carpenter's Snake
which will debut day and
with MGM Home Entertainment's special edition DVD of Escape From New York.
A preview issue of the magazine is to be unveiled at this
ComiCon in San Diego.
In the anime movie, Russell will give voice to Snake. Carpenter, Russell
Debra Hill will executive produce in conjunction with a Japanese anime
"We want to take Japanese sensibility and combine that with Western
said Hill, who added that she's speaking with a variety of
Several video game publishers are vying for rights to Snake, with the first
expected to hit stores in 2004. Russell, who has said Plissken is his
film character, will be involved in the video game, including doing
capture and voice work for the character. Josh Morris and Kevin
of ACME Talent & Literary are packaging the deals in all media.
"When we made the original film in 1981, there was no video or DVD or
games," said Hill, who produced Escape From New York. "I look at
movie industry at large today and most movies are in some way
whether they're spinoffs of a comic book, video game or novel or
sequel to a film franchise. We've done two movies, set up a TV series
didn't happen and now want to relaunch Snake Plissken back into the
of pop culture."
Hill said the team has introduced Snake novels and is also exploring TV
"We introduced a lot of legends in the first two films, and with the comics,
video games and anime, we'll be able to explore some of these
she said. "How did Snake lose his eye? What happened in the
of Cleveland or at the Battle of Leningrad? What is New Las Vegas?
explore these stories as well as introduce new stories."