First, the bad news: it looks like that infernal remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York isn’t going away anytime soon. A while back, Brett Ratner had signed on to direct and Gerard Butler was attached to star, but eventually they both walked away and the project was thought to have been finished. But then they hired Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, U-571) to rewrite the script, and now there is a juicy rumour floating around the web that they may have a new Snake Plissken in mind too.
Which leads me to the good news. According to French site Spielberg News (don’t ask me what this story has to do with Steven Spielberg), the current front runner for the role of Snake Plissken is Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, American Gangster). Now, once again, I can’t say I support this remake at all, but if it does have to happen, Josh Brolin would likely be enough to get me out to the theatre to see it. He could definitely pull it off, don’t you think? For the moment, I’d take the rumour with a grain of salt. On the other hand, Brolin is supposedly starring as the Terminator in Terminator 4: Salvation, and since Mostow directed T3… maybe there’s a connection? Okay, I know I’m grasping at straws here. What can I say? I desperately want this to be true. What do you think?