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Joel Silver Says 'Escape From New York' Reboot May Be A Trilogy, Concept Inspired By 'Arkham City' Video Game

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 12, 2014 4:30 PM
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Nigh-on a year ago, we brought you the questionable word that Hollywood nexus producer Joel Silver, of “Die Hard,” “The Matrix,” "Sherlock Holmes” and a dozen or more major blockbusters, had got his hands on the rights to remake John Carpenter's 1981 classic “Escape From New York,” one of the more hellaciously fun films ever made. Silver has been (uncharacteristically) quiet on his plans for the property ever since... until now (dun dun dun).

Our 15 Favorite Prison Breaks At The Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 15, 2013 2:01 PM
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Prison Break Feature
“You’ll like it, it’s about a prison break” says Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption” about the book they’re shelving, Alexander Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Cristo.” “We oughta file that under ‘educational’ too, oughtn’t we?” quips Red in reply, and indeed, with the sheer number of prison escape books and movies that exist, you’d imagine that all a really dedicated inmate has to do is watch or read enough of them before they’d stumble across a plot that could be adapted for their own situation. (Note: The Playlist does not condone real-life attempts at fleeing prison unless you’re totally innocent, a prisoner of war or you have a really cool plan that involves disguises and dummies and stuff.)

The Essentials: 7 Great John Carpenter Movies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 12:43 PM
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John Carpenter Essentials
This week, "The Fog," filmmaker John Carpenter's 1980 chiller about a fog that rolls into a sleepy seaside community carrying with it ghostly visitors, will be re-released on Blu-ray and DVD by Shout Factory, complete with a host of all new special features (including a wonderful, retrospective conversation with Jamie Lee Curtis that doesn't just cover her collaborations with Carpenter but goes on to include a frank discussion of most of her genre work from that period). With its pristine picture quality and sound, it goes a long way in reminding you what a skilled technician and artist Carpenter truly is, able to conjure forth visions of nightmarish clarity, nearly out of thin air. This is a director capable of keeping you up at night, but one who isn't interested in a cheap scare. When asked to give advice to young filmmakers, he said, simply, "Play for history if possible." That's certainly what Carpenter has tried to do; and to celebrate this recent release we've decided to run down seven of his most essential films. Frequent collaborator Kurt Russell has said of his friend that he "sees the world slightly askew." As a Russell character in a John Carpenter movie would say: no shit.

Joel Silver Is Now Going To Try To Make That 'Escape From New York' Reboot Into A Trilogy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 3:21 PM
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As long as there is a property to exploit, Hollywood will keeping trying, and one they've been trying to crack the nut on for years is John Carpenter's "Escape From New York." Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner, Jonathan Mostow, Gerard Butler and Josh Brolin have all been rumored as potential directors and stars, and in 2010, some traction seemed to build around an iteration supposedly approved by Carpenter, with Breck Eisner ("Sahara," "The Crazies") signed on to the flick that Allan Loeb ("The Switch," "The Dilemma") and Jamie Moss ("X-Men: First Class") would write. But in 2011, New Line eventually threw in towel, but someone is now picking up the ball.

New Line Come To Their Senses & Drop Plans For 'Escape From New York' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 9:25 AM
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Tom Hardy Was Being Courted To Play Snake PlisskenA bullet has been dodged, at least for now. New Line has decided that maybe remaking John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" isn't such a good idea after all.

Debunked: Jeremy Renner Says 'Escape From New York' Reboot Rumors Are Untrue

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 30, 2010 11:38 AM
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Actor Also Remains Non-Committal About PTA's 'The Master' & Tommy Wirkola's 'Hansel & Gretel'Jeremy Renner's in talks to star as Snake Plissken in New Line‘s forthcoming remake of John Carpenter‘s eighties dystopian classic “Escape From New York” with Breck Eisner (”The Crazies”) directing, right?

Rumor: Could Jeremy Renner Be The New Snake Plissken?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 8, 2010 2:00 AM
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After breaking out into the big leagues with his stunning performance in last year's Best Picture winner, "The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner has become one of the most in-demand names around. He gave an equally great performance in Ben Affleck's "The Town," before signing on to join Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," the indie-noir "Better Living Through Chemistry" and to play Hawkeye in "The Avengers," as well as being linked to projects like "The Raven," "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

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