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Details on ‘Escape from New York’ Prequel Revealed

Details on 'Escape from New York' Reboot Revealed

Here are some shocking facts on the prequel of John Carpenter’s cult classic Escape From New York, which will be written by “Luther” crime series creator Neal Cross. If you prefer not to read spoilers, avoid the list below. We first heard that the film was a reboot, but it’s actually going to act as a prequel to John Carpenter’s film. Other reports are stating that Snake Plissken will not wear an eyepatch, we can only speculate on those details.

TheWrap is also reporting that Cross outdid several writers to win the writing spot, and handed in his first-draft in late October. The prequel is to give new life and reboot the franchise, with future plans of turning it into a trilogy.


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1. Snake Plissken’s real name.

Plissken in the previous two “Escape” films didn’t have a name, but now he does: He’s Colonel Robert “Snake” Plissken.

2. Our bad guy won’t be the Duke of New York.

Instead, he’s the lean, intensely charismatic Thomas Newton, the playboy heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation. Five years ago, he decided to donate his entire fortune. Sounds like a good guy, right? He’s not.

3. The role originated by Lee Van Cleef will now be played by a woman.

The film will introduce us to CIA Deputy Executive Director Roberta Hauk.

4. New York City isn’t a maximum security prison.

Weird, right? Because New York being a prison was kind of crucial to the whole “escape from New York” concept. In the reboot, New York is breathtakingly lovely. Manhattan is the island we know, but with more towering glass structures and a high, undulating glass wall. The sky is alive with drones as serene as bees, and artificial intelligence controls all in the form of an ethnically ambiguous, cheery young woman called April. A small staff of technicians and researchers known as “Seers” monitor all.

5. The remake doesn’t start in New York City.

The original “Escape” film deleted the opening scene that showed how Snake Plissken was apprehended. The new version won’t. Its set in another major city, one not in the United States.

6. The film imagines a world in chaos.

Globally, one in every seventy five human begins is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

7. A hurricane is coming.

It’s called Superstorm Ellery.

8. April’s security won’t be as good as everyone hoped.

That will make the whole city vulnerable.

9. Snake has only eleven hours to complete his mission.

In the original film, he had 22 hours. Plissken’s mission is to bring in Newton alive.

10. Newton has a failsafe.

It’s a mysterious device called Fat Boy — an ominous, dull metal sphere about the size of a car, in a nest of conduits and cabling.