News Writer Says ‘Escape from New York’ Prequel Script Received John Carpenter’s Seal of Approval Published 2 years ago on December 4, 2017 By Nick Bond Share Tweet Back in march, Dark Universe learned that Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Planet Terror) will direct the prequel to the cult classic 1981 John Carpenter film Escape From New York for Twentieth Century Fox, with writer Neil Cross (“Luther”) penning the script. The folks over at Deadline caught up with Cross for an update on the project, who revealed that Carpenter approved the script. “Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting,” Cross told the site. “It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need.” Cross continued, “You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.” 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. John Carpenter is attached to executive producer the reboot/prequel. 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