Halloween is easily the most successful John Carpenter reboot, even if is considered a soft-reboot as previous attempts to make prequels/remakes of his films such as Assault On Precinct 13 and The Thing have turned out disastrous. There has been plenty of skepticism towards the Escape From New York reboot that has since moved from Lionsgate to 20th Century Fox with Robert Rodriguez now attached to direct.
ComicBook caught up with Escape’s co-writer Nick Castle and got his opinion on the project, as he suggests that it will be important to make sure to have Carpenter involved in some compacity.
“You know, I keep hearing this and that actor is gonna get involved and this production company,” Castle shared with ComicBook.com. “I just sit back and hopefully the checks will come in. We’ll see. Of course, I would hope that John is involved somehow so that it has his signature, ’cause I like it when companies and filmmakers that are using the material have a certain respect for where it came from.”
However, John Carpenter gave his approval of Robert directing via Twitter in 2017 and the reboot’s screenwriter Neil Cross (Luther) suggested in an interview Deadline during that same year that he also approved of his script.
Robert Rodriguez is going to direct ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. I'm excited about this. Robert is great!
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) March 25, 2017
“Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting. It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need. You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.”
Carpenter has been extremely protective of the film to the point of winning a plagiarism case against Luc Besson for his rip-off film Lockout back in 2016.
We haven’t had any current updates on the project since Robert Rodriguez has been busy for the last couple of years on Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel due in theaters next month. We also believe once Robert starts making the press tour rounds we’ll likely start hearing updates on Escape From New York.
It remains to be seen if John will end up as involved as he was with the recent Halloween film but since he’s friendly with Rodriguez the chances are very good he’ll end up doing something either as an executive producer, composer or consultant. After his seemingly positive experience working on Halloween and talk of his desire to help out on a sequel, there might be a window to actually have John get involved.
When and where the Escape From New York reboot shoots is a mystery until we get some sort of updates from either Rodriguez or 20th Century Fox, as it felt like they were just waiting for him to complete Alita: Battle Angel before any of that started up.
In 1997, a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom.
SOURCE: COMIC BOOK