I thought this remake had fallen by the wayside some time ago, but evidently not since Fox has just signed Robert Rodriguez to direct. But I have to wonder, the role of Snake Plissken is linked so strongly linked to Kurt Russell, why didn't they just make a sequel with Kurt Russell? The answer is probably that Fox aren't looking at one sequel with an aging Kurt Russell, but they're looking at ten years down the line with a young actor. Sad, but most likely true. Reports suggest that Fox are looking at the "Escape From" IP to build a franchise, so naturally, they aren't looking at any geezers to spearhead the franchise. But who will replace Kurt Russell? I can't think of a single ideal candidate. I have to admit that I'm getting pretty tired of Hollywood remaking everything too. I don't like to be "that" guy complaining, but I'm over all the remakes.
And this notion of using movies to build a franchise is a tiresome one. Can't studios just focus on one movie anymore without having to tease the next movie? Remember when Dan Akroyd said that they wanted Ghostbusters to be a Marvel-like franchise? Not going to happen Dan. And the Sony e-mail leaks made it clear that Sony was holding back on the first movie so they could have the sequel ready to go. This shit has got to stop. It's a classic case of putting the cart before the horse. If they're so dead set on rebooting Escape From New York, then why not get to work on that Metal Gear Solid movie? But that's under Sony, Fox wants a piece of the action too. I don't know about Robert Rodriguez either, he hasn't made a decent movie in years, but Battle Angel Alita could be a return to form, who knows.