…and one is pissed while the other one is just happy to be getting some money…
Kurt & Carpenter On New “Escape”
By Garth FranklinThursday March 22nd 2007 1:45am
imageVarious people have been vocal about the casting of Gerard Butler as Snake Plissken in the upcominig “Escape from New York” remake, and now the original star has weighed in.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, actor Kurt Russell had some less than flattering things to say about Butler’s casting – and the remake in general.
“When I was told who was going to play Snake Plissken, my initial reaction was ”Oh, man!” [Russell winces]. I do think that character was quintessentially one thing. And that is, American…He’s a fascinating character. In fact, he’s the most complex character I’ve ever played” says Russell.
So no chance of a cameo by Russell? “F— that! I am Snake Plissken! It’s like Sean Connery always watching someone else do their version of Bond.”
Meanwhile the original’s writer/director John Carpenter tells Suicide Girls that the film looks to be more of a prequel than the original – “I donâ€™t know that itâ€™s a remake. I think itâ€™s a lot about Snake before he gets to New York” says Carpenter.
The director is also perfectly candid about his involvement – “My main involvement is I read the scripts and make sure the character is the same character that we wrote originally. I think that would be cool. My other main involvement in this project is to extend my hand and have a check placed in it…After 30 odd years of being in the fucking business, itâ€™s nice to not have to do anything and get paid.”
I guess Carpenter is finally taking the Wes Craven approach. If you can’t beat them, join them. Wes Craven is actually helping to remake all of his movies, so much so that he and his son actually wrote the script for The Hills Have Eyes 2 that came out today.
I may or may not go see the remake to Escape. I love the first one (though I don’t own it) along with its sequel, Escape from LA and I was hoping to see Escape from The Earth…maybe they’ll still make Earth, I mean they are making two separte “of the Dead” franchises one still with George A. Romero and the other with Ving Rames. I don’t see why they couldn’t have two Escape franchises…