Robert Rodriguez (‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’,’Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’) is boarding the reboot train as he’s been tapped to direct the remake of John Carpenter‘s classic ‘Escape From New York.’ Rodriguez has a lot on his plate as he already is set to direct ‘Machete Kills in Space’, ‘Jonny Quest’, and what I’m most excited for: James Cameron’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel.’ Honestly, all I can say is that I hope this doesn’t push back production for ‘Battle Angel’ as with Cameron’s involvement it should be visually spectacular while this is just another 80s reboot that is cashing in on old work.
While this is rebooting Carpenter’s film, it isn’t all bad news. Much like the upcoming ‘Halloween‘ reboot, it seems that the famed director will be on board as an Executive Producer with a massive say on how the project plays out. Maybe we’ll be lucky, and he’ll do the soundtrack for this one too.
Apparently, the studio wants to reboot this movie, not as a standalone but to make a new franchise in the same style that has been done with the ‘Planet of the Apes’ films. As those actually came out pretty decently, I like Rodriguez, and with Carpenter involved, I can’t be fully down on this project. It’s just a little too early to get excited.
For the younger generation who hasn’t had a chance to see the original or for anyone who just missed out on a classic let’s go over the first film. It stars Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken who is talked into rescuing the President of the United States whose plane crashed into New York while on his way to a meeting to attempt to prevent a third World War. Why a rescue is needed is because New York has become a giant maximum security prison.
It’ll be interesting if they try to make it timely and say that this one is for “bad hombres.”
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