Borys Kit wrote:Cross, who beat out a host of writers for the gig, is a novelist and show creator who doesn’t enter the movie colony too often. Among his few forays was Mama, the 2013 horror hit that starred Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and he also worked on Pacific Rim. His Luther is known for its grittiness and character work, which allowed for the ascendancy of star Idris Elba.
Ribbons wrote:Hm, well, I really liked Luther. At the very least he's got a better shot at making a good movie than Len Wiseman.
Al Shut wrote:I'm not sure I would file this under remake blasphemy. After over 50 years a new version is worth a try.
Moriarty wrote:See, the not-good part of today's news in Luc Besson's world involves the movie "Lockout," which he co-wrote with Stephen St. Leger and James Mather, the directors of the movie. On the film, Besson's credited with "original idea," and his company, EuropaCorp, produced the film. According to a French court, they ripped off "Escape From New York" to create that screenplay. The plagiarism suit filed by John Carpenter in France paid off today in an official written decision detailed over at The Playlist, and it's sort of remarkable to see a court rule so clearly on this matter. It is almost unheard of for this to be proven, but in this case, the court ran down a full list of beats and ideas that were too similar to be coincidence, and there's a financial penalty that's been set in place as well.
As a screenwriter, Besson is a machine. He works constantly. On the IMDb, he has 60 writing credits. That's amazing. A lot of what he writes is in collaboration, screenplays for the action movies that are the bread and butter of EuropaCorp. Films like "Taxi" and its sequels, "Kiss Of The Dragon," the various "Transporter" movies, the "District 13" films, and the "Taken" movies are less script driven than action driven. What Besson does well is lay out a familiar framework that he can then use to prop up great set pieces that are fun to watch. I like Besson as a screenwriter, but wouldn't say he's a terribly original writer. Even so, there are any number of films that feel like they lift from "Escape From New York" in a major way and those films didn't all get sued by Carpenter. So why did Besson get targeted?
My first impression is that Carpenter has always talked about a possible third film for Snake Plissken, and he's said repeatedly that his idea would be for "Escape From Earth." That's exactly what "Lockout" felt like, and entertaining as it was, it may well have killed any chance there is for Carpenter to make his movie. How different could it be? The whole point would be to make a Snake Plissken movie in space, and that's exactly what "Lockout" feels like, with elements from both of the previous Plissken films.
Jeff Sneider wrote:After directing Alita: Battle Angel for 20th Century Fox, Robert Rodriguez is in talks to direct the studio’s remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
While there’s still no deal in place just yet, Rodriguez is the studio’s choice and according to insiders, he’s eager to stay in business with Fox, for whom he also produced 2010’s Predators.
The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing the Escape From New York remake alongside StudioCanal, while original director John Carpenter will serve as an executive producer.
Luther creator Neil Cross wrote the script, and while official plot details for Snake Plissken’s latest adventure are being kept under wraps, the studio plans to follow the same formula employed by its Planet of the Apes franchise to great success.
Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic starred Kurt Russell as Plissken, a prisoner enlisted to rescue the U.S. president after his plane crashes in Manhattan, which in the future has become a maximum security prison.
The gritty material is right in Rodriguez’s wheelhouse, as he previously directed the Sin City and Machete movies, as well as Grindhouse and the Mariachi Trilogy. He’s represented by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Rodriguez is getting the gig to direct Escape From New York, the remake of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 film that’s set up at 20th Century Fox. The studio won a bidding battle for rights to the reboot in early 2015, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company set to produce. Neil Cross (Luther) is penning the script.
The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were owned by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer and have a big say in the tone of the project. Fox’s Mike Ireland, who brought in the movie, will oversee for the studio. The hope is to reinvent the property with an eye toward launching a Planet Of The Apes-like franchise.
The deal cements the relationship with Rodriguez and Fox; the director just helmed the studio’s Alita: Battle Angel, the film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga graphic novels that was written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Set in a 26th century dystopian future, the film follows the story of an amnesiac cyborg who, after being rescued from a scrap heap by a doctor, becomes a bounty hunter tracking down criminals. Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz star in the pic which has a July 20, 2018 release date mapped out.
The cynical original Escape From New York, hatched by Carpenter after the Watergate scandal, was set in a futuristic Gotham circa 1997. Kurt Russell of course played Snake Plissken, an eyepatch-sporting tough guy who is conscripted to rescue the President of the United States after Air Force One — en route to a summit that could head off World War III — goes missing after it crashes in New York, which has been relegated to a maximum security prison. Plissken, a former special forces operative convicted of trying to rob the Federal Reserve, is given 22 hours to liberate the president and a tape he carries which holds the key to peace. If he fails, he’s wired to explode.
Rodriguez and Carpenter have collaborated before. Rodriguez’s El Rey Network last fall announced the launch of The People’s Network Showcase, a series of specials featuring short films from emerging indie filmmakers. Carpenter hosted the premiere episode, The People’s Network Showcase: Horror Edition.
Borys Kit wrote:John Carpenter, who directed and co-wrote the original, is executive producing the project, which is targeting a production start later this year.
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