Back in March 2013, producer Joel Silver announced that an Escape from New York reboot is in the works, although we haven't heard anything about the project since then. According to a new report from Starlog, Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is the front runner to play the iconic Snake Plissken, with Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) also in contention.
Snake will reportedly be leading a team in this reboot. Here's what the site's unidentified source had to say about the story.
"(It's) more team-based, as Snake Plissken traverses through a treacherous New York landscape with a rogues gallery of criminals who look to leave the island-turned-prison in exchange for the rescue of the captured U.S. President. Plissken's team consists of Mina, a warzone journalist framed for murder and living in the shadows of New York as a scavenger; Cabbie, a schizophrenic travel guide who serves as comic relief; Gareth, the last surviving member of the President's security detail who harbors a dangerous secret; and The Brain, Plissken's former partner-in-crime who left him to die after a botched robbery."
It's unclear if Charlie Hunnam's commitment to Pacific Rim 2 will pose a scheduling conflict or not. We also reported earlier this week that the actor is in final talks to star in another Warner Bros. project, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
Producer Joel Silver has reportedly already commissioned pre-production artwork featuring Charlie Hunnam as Plissken, to show potential buyers at the American Film Market this fall. While Escape from New York will reportedly begin a new trilogy, fans won't get too much info on Snake's past.
"Snake's past will be seen in brief glimpses throughout the film, blending into his reality via Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."
The producer hopes to lock down a director by the end of this year, while they finalize work on the script, but it isn't known when shooting may begin.
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