Australian screenwriter, director, and actor Leigh Whannell seems to be specializing in thriller/horror remakes. The guy responsible for Saw and the remake of The Invisible Man which hits the theatres February 28, is ready for another remake.
As he has initially announced last year, he is planning and working on the remake of the John Carpenter classicEscape From New Yorkthat starred Kurt Russell.
“It’s funny, I’ve been so busy working on this film where I haven’t had time to circle back around on that project,” Whannell told ComicBook.com. “Sometimes these press releases go out before you’re ready, you’re like, ‘Don’t tell the world!’ I don’t actually know, I really don’t. That is an iconic character and I think that Snake Plissken is a part of people’s childhood and their adolescence. It’s near and dear to them. So I would tread very carefully with that.”
“With Escape from New York, we’re talking about one definitive movie here and you don’t want to mess with it. We’ll see what happens.”
Nick Castle who co-wrote the original film with John Carpenter expressed hope that, “Carpenter would be involved in any potential reboot.”
At the same time Whannell also commented on the hopes of some fans of the original movie that Kurt Russell’s son, Wyatt, would get the leading role by saying, “that seems like the obvious thing to win the fans over.”