Jeremy Renner to Escape From New York?

Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner is the latest name to be attached to the roundabout that is the Escape From New York remake.

Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Renner is in 'close talks' about taking the lead in the remake, but insist that it's in extremely early stages right now, and isn't close to official just yet.

Breck Eisner, the man behind above-average remake The Crazies (and less promisingly, Sahara ), is supposedly still attached to direct the project, which has so far seen Len Wiseman, Brett Ratner and Jonathan Mostow come and go.

There's no doubt that Renner as Snake Plissken would be an extremely enticing prospect, even if we are still somewhat dubious about the idea of a remake of John Carpenter's classic (which has already had its reputation sullied somewhat by Escape From L.A. )

Renner's probably one of only a handful of contemporary actors who could step into shoes made famous by Kurt Russell at his charismatic best, but he might just be too busy to take this on. He's currently shooting Mission: Impossible 4 (or Ghost Protocol , if we must), before heading off to play Hawkeye in Marvel's The Avengers .

Source: Bloody Disgusting via WorstPreviews

So, do you fancy seeing Renner don the eyepatch? Or should Carpenter's classic be left well alone? Discuss below...

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.