If a new internet rumour is anything to go on, Kurt Russell fans will want to cough up for a D.J, some streamers, and a couple of boxes of Cheetos.
In addition to a whisper that the year-old actor is said to be donning the patch again to play wall-hopping Snake Plissken again in Radio Silence’s upcoming Escape From New York reboot, ViewerAnon is hinting that a sequel to another of John Carpenter’s other early ’80s faves, The Thing is in the works – with the Tombstone star possibly reprising badass beardo R.J MacReady.
Late last year, it was announced that the guys behind the Scream (2022) reboot, Radio Silence would be helming the new Escape From New York. They later confirmed that the movie would be a sequel to Carpenter’s film and not a remake.
Blumhouse, who collaborated with Carpenter on the most recent Halloween trilogy, is rebooting Carpenter’s 1982 horror hit The Thing, but this is the first we’ve heard of Russell being involved.
Granted, getting the original star of Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis, for the recent Halloween reboot-sequels worked in the favor of those, so getting the MVP of the original Escape and Thing would seem to be a very wise move too.
The scooper suggests Radio Silence would shoot the new Escape From New York before they begin work on an inevitable seventh Scream movie.
Gonna be a fun year and change for Kurt Russell fans… pic.twitter.com/0UB7smPDBV
— ViewerAnon (@ViewerAnon) February 24, 2023
Numerous sources, including reliable internet tipster Daniel RPK, have confirmed that Kurt Russell is indeed back as Snake Plissken for the new Escape from New York.
The new film is not a remake of the original John Carpenter film but a Halloween (2018)-style reboot/continuation with the original hero returning years later to, in this case, come face to face with the villainy of an imprisoned Manhattan island again. Carpenter will be an EP on the project, just as he was the recent Halloween films.
According to RPK, the movie sees, not surprisingly, Manhattan hijacked by home grown terrorists.
Scream and Ready or Not filmmakers Radio Silence will helm a reboot of Escape from New York for 20th Century Studios.
Original Escape helmer John Carpenter will executive produce the new film, of which a writer is currently being sought.
The Invisible Man‘s Leigh Whannell was previously attached to direct the film, which would reintroduce audiences to iconic character Snake Plissken, played in the original and its sequel by Kurt Russell.
There’s conflicting news out there that Russell will be back as Plissken, and Carpenter’s involvement hints at that possibility, but nothing official yet.
Radio Silence, who recently wrapped a sequel to the 2022 Scream reboot, is made up of filmmaking team Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella.