John Carpenter Approves Robert Rodriguez Directing ‘Escape From New York’ Reboot

Mar 26, 2017


Escape From New York director and creator John Carpenter took to his official Twitter and Facebook pages to voice his approval/support of Robert Rodriguez directing a new incarnation of his cult classic.


It was recently revealed by Tracking Board that 20th Century Fox was eyeing Robert as a frontrunner (disputed by other outlets) to direct their reboot of the franchise it’s recent draft is being handled by Luther creator Neil Cross. Although, nothing says that Robert has signed-on just yet.

We’ve assumed that if Rodriguez lands the gig, the filming will take place at his facility Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas. A majority of his films have been shot including Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel that wrapped shooting a couple of weeks ago.

There had been many names in the mix over the years to play Snake Plissken, but with Robert potentially directing it likely means he’ll be the one making the final choice. I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if he ended up hiring Sin City alum and Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro. Considering his recent return to action flicks with hit Sicario and it’s upcoming sequel

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Carpenter had been trying for years to get two more movies made with Kurt Russell, a television series, and even a Japanese-made anime from Ghost In The Shell studio Production IG. I’m sure John feels slightly relieved that someone like past candidates Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner won’t be going near the property.

Robert had interviewed Carpenter recently for his El Rey Network series The Director’s Chair, obviously there is a mutual respect between the two genre directors.



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