The team behind Paramount’s successful Scream reboot are reportedly targeting another dormant franchise: John Carpenter’s Escape From New York.
Deadline reports that Radio Silence, which consists of filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villelle. Carpenter will serve as the film’s executive producer.
No word on the reboot’s approach, nor who will take on Kurt Russell’s role as Snake Plissken, who serves as the eyepatch-wearing protagonist of both Escape from New York and Escape from LA. The reboot is said to be currently looking for writers.
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First released in 1981, Escape from New York imagines a world circa 1997 in which Manhatten has been converted into a giant maximum security prison.
We wrote of the film in 2012, “It’s hard for me to diss a film I cherished in my youth, but it’s filled with too many 80’s era staples (punker street toughs, synthesizer music, and the “far seeing” future of the late 90’s) to resonate now.”
In the meantime, Radio Silence are preparing to release the untitled sequel to their Scream reboot, which will see Courteney Cox among other reprise their roles. It will be out March 10, 2023.
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