Breck Eisner to Direct Escape from New York Remake


New Line has been trying to put together a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York for years now, with both Brett Ratner and Len Wiseman previously attached to direct, and Gerard Butler signed on to star. Now they are making it a top priority to get the project back on track, and it was reported a couple of months ago that Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 21) had rewritten the script. This week we have learned that New Line has just hired a new director as well: The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner.

Eisner’s remake of George Romero’s The Crazies was surprisingly well-received by critics, and he seems to be building up some credibility with genre fans so he could be a decent choice. However, it’s still hard to forget that this is the same guy who directed Sahara a few years back. This particular remake is a delicate one since the original is such a beloved cult classic, and the Snake Plissken character is one that many people believe can only ever be played by Kurt Russell. Whoever they hire to don the eye patch is going to have to a tough job ahead of them. What do you think, can Breck Eisner pull it off? Who would you like to see in the lead role?

  • Darksiders

    Cast Kurt Russell. Who cares if he is older now? Make him an older meaner Snake!

  • xSaintx

    Bradley Cooper? Maybe? Not hard to pull off the look and the acting chops itself THAT hard. Well… I actually think he could do a good job in “Big Truoble in Little China” if that was ever to be remade. Though Butler needs an action movie to redeem himself from all of these Rom-Coms he signed himself up for. Probably regrets that.

  • Argh. The Crazies remake was a piece of shit.

  • Stormy

    Son of a b*tch. Anybody else looking at that poster art and thinking Sawyer stole Mikhail’s eyepatch?

  • Greg

    I almost shit when I looked at this story and read ‘Breck Eisner’ as ‘Brock Lesnar’ – UFC Heavyweight Champion.

  • Matt

    Christian Bale as snake. Hey, he was rumored to play Solid Snake years ago. Why not play the character that inspired solid snake?