Escape From New York

(1981)

In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into the world's largest maximum security prison, a place where the worst of humanity is sent to rot. The U.S. Government finds itself in a major crisis when the president's plane crash lands in New York only days before a vital peace summit between major warring nations is to take place. The president survives the crash, but is taken hostage by the denizens of Manhattan and held for ransom. Only war hero turned felon Snake Plissken can save the day, and he is offered a simple deal for his work: save the president and live, fail to save him and die. The one-eyed bandit sets to work, cutting a path of destruction to the president that has to be seen to be believed. Kurt Russell creates the indelible character of Snake Plissken as no other actor could have. Wisecracking and cool under the very worst of pressures, Snake is the ultimate bad good guy.

‘Escape from New York’ Shirts Arrive in Time for Halloween

‘Escape from New York’ Shirts Arrive in Time for Halloween

Fright-Rags is celebrating Halloween with a tribute to Escape From New York! The merchandise dedicated to John Carpenter's 1981 cult classic goes on sale on October 31st.

Fright-Rags' Escape From New York box set is a must-have for any fan of the film. It will include a limited edition shirt designed by Justin Osbourn, along with a 11x17 reproduction of the film's iconic poster, a temporary tattoo, a prismatic sticker and a replica eye patch, all enclosed in a collector's box. There are only 500 box sets available, and sizes and quantities are limited.

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Producer Joel Silver Announces ‘Escape from New York’ Reboot

Producer Joel Silver Announces ‘Escape from New York’ Reboot

Producer Joel Silver and StudioCanal are joining forces on a remake of John Carpenter's 1981 action classic Escape From New York. Neither a writer nor a director has been attached at this time.

No details were given regarding the story, but Joel Silver is working on an entirely new take on the plot. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a one-eyed convict in a future where New York has been turned into a maximum-security prison for the most dangerous criminals. Snake is tasked with rescuing the President of the United States (Donald Pleasence), who is being held captive by a dangerous inmate (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashes into the city.

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New Line Drops ‘Escape from New York’

The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He's charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane within the city walls. Snake's offered a pardon if he's successful, but fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline.

New Line and producer Neal H. Moritz have been working on the reboot, most recently with The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached to direct, and a script by writers that includeAllan Loeb and Jamie Moss.

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Gerard Butler Bows Out of ‘Escape from New York’

Gerard Butler has bowed out of Escape From New York, the remake of the John Carpenter film, according to Variety.

New Line has brought Jonathan Mostow in to rewrite, with an option to direct.

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Len Wiseman to Remake ‘Escape from New York’

Len Wiseman, the director behind Live Free or Die Hard, is in negotiations to helm Escape From New York, New Line Cinema's remake of the cult John Carpenter movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project was set up at New Line in March with Gerard Butler attached to star as anti-hero Snake Plissken.

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Kurt Russell on the ‘Escape from New York’ Remake

Kurt Russell originated the role of Snake Plissken in John Carpenter's 1981 classic, Escape From New York, and then again in Escape from L.A..

You can check out Kurt in Quentin Tarantino's half of Grindhouse, Death Proof, in theaters April 6th; it's rated R.

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Gerard Butler Set to ‘Escape from New York’

Gerard Butler has signed on to star in the remake of John Carpenter's 1981 action Escape From New York for producer Neal Moritz; no studio is attached.

Ken Nolan is writing the screenplay; Butler would play Snake Plissken, the one-eyed convict who's charged with heading into the inescapable maximum security prison formerly known as Manhattan to liberate the U.S. president, notes Variety. Kurt Russell originated the role and reprised it in the 1996 sequel, Escape from L.A..

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Michael Gillis talks about the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK special edition DVD!

Escape From New York:The Digital Bits recently sat down with DVD production desginer Michael Gillis to talk about the recenty released Escape From New York Special Edition DVD. Take a look...Adam Jahnke (AJ): Let me just start by asking the one question I think most people have when, not just this title, but any title gets reissued, which is why wasn't it like this in the first place?

Michael Gillis (MG): Well, some of the answer to your question does reside with the studio who makes the decision. But I will say that the day MGM asked myself and my team at MogoMedia to consider a special edition for Escape from New York, we were extremely excited. And we remained excited for several days. Probably about the third day, we decided that it was somewhat of a daunting task because it had been so long. And we had a large fan base that we needed to work hard for. So it was equally as daunting, in a way, to be given a task twenty years later to do the disc for Escape from New York rather than add to something that had already been done. I think in many ways the timing was just perfect, although we all have been waiting far too long for this collector's edition. But our documentary Return to Escape from New York strives to tell, in the cast and crew's own voices, the story of the making of this film from their own perspectives. From being there all those late nights on the set in St. Louis. My only real regret in the timing is obviously there were some cast people, specifically Donald Pleasence who is obviously no longer with us and unable to participate except through the memories of those who worked with him. Once we mounted the project and after ourinitial meetings with John Carpenter and Debra Hill and once Kurt Russell came on board, we realized that this was the perfect time, in a way, to remember the series, to dust it off, and to push this franchise into the new millennium. There are a number of new Snake-related directions that are taking place currently. There's an animated game that's being launched by Namco. There's a Snake Plissken Chronicles comic book. There's an anime series. So our hope was, once we realized that this was going to be a collector's edition for all time, it was important for us to gather the fan base from the old original fans like myself who saw it once, twice, three times in the theatre and innumerable times since then... and gather the old fans with the new fans and fans of Escape from L.A. and the fans of the Snake character and all of the new franchise material and try to pull them all together. So in many ways, this was the perfect time to do that because all of this is happening now. You know, Snake is back! And MogoMedia is really happy to be a part of the MGM collector's box set.

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