Joel Silver updates on Escape From New York remake

A remake of ’80s classic “Escape from New York” has been on the cards for years – and it might remain that way, at least for a few more.

Producer Joel Silver (“Lethal Weapon”, “Commando”) tells Collider that although his prod co has ambitious plans for “New York” – which he envisions as a prequel trilogy – they haven’t yet made it to script stage yet.

“There was a videogame that came out a few years ago called Arkham City, which shows how when Gotham became this kind of walled prison and how it became a walled prison. And they never deal with that in the story of Escape from New York, so part of our idea was to kind of see how the city became this walled prison and how the Snake Plissken character was a hero and how he became not looked at as a hero. And then, in the middle of the story, would be the movie that we, you know, previously saw about the President’s daughter goes down, he has to go in and get her. And then, you know, they did a sequel, Escape from LA, but I would like to then kind of find a way to have New York go back to a place that we’d like to see what it is today.”

The veteran action-movie producer, out promoting the new film “Non-Stop” starring Liam Neeson, says ”there is a way to tell the story in three ways, but we haven’t got there yet and we’re just starting.”

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