It’s been over a decade now since we first started hearing about the possibility of a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. From the very start, fans have been pretty vocal about their disapproval of the idea but it has slowly become clear that this thing is still going to happen one way or another. Previous directors that were once attached include Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner and Breck Eisner, but they all dropped out long ago, before the project changed hands to 20th Century Fox. Now this week it appears that they are finally about to nail down a new director although depending on how you feel about his recent output it may not be an improvement. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct an Escape From New York remake for 20th Century Fox. The script was written by Neil Cross (Luther) and Carpenter himself is listed an executive producer although it is unclear if he will actually have any involvement (I’m guessing not). David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) was also rumoured to be in the running but it was Rodriguez who ultimately got the nod.
Robert Rodriguez credits Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape From New York as being among the movies that made him want to become a director and his own Grindhouse entry Planet Terror was an obvious riff on Carpenter’s work. Unfortunately, his most recent films Sin City: A Dame to Kill and Machete Kills generally didn’t go over too well, even among genre fans. He is also supposed to be directing Alita: Battle Angel for James Cameron, but it sounds like this will probably happen first. Do you think Robert Rodriguez is a good choice to direct a new Escape From New York?