Joel Silver talks new Escape From New York trilogy

It’s been a little quiet since Joel Silver first announced plans to remake Escape From New York into a new trilogy, but the producer has given an update on the project, and says that things are moving slowly but surely...

“It has been floating around LA or at least in the development world for a long time,” said Silver, before confirming that he doesn’t have a completed script at this point.

“I always liked Kurt’s character,” he continues, “the Snake Plissken character, so I’ve always liked that idea, but we kind of figured out a way to do almost a trilogy of that story.

“There was a videogame that came out a few years ago called Arkham City , which shows how Gotham became this kind of walled prison... they never deal with that in the story of Escape From New York , so [ that is ] part of our story.

“And then, in the middle of the story would be the movie that we previously saw about how the President’s daughter goes down, [ and Snake ] has to go in and get her... I would like to then kind of find a way to have New York go back to a place that we’d like to see today.

“So there is a way to tell the story in three ways,” he concludes, “but we haven’t got there yet and we’re just starting.”

Ambitious stuff then, although with the script not even complete at this stage, don’t expect to see Snake back on our screens for some time yet...