John Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape From New York is getting the remake treatment from Fox and Studiocanal, which is not a sentence I’m excited to type, but at least John Carpenter is an executive producer, and they tapped Neil Cross, the creator of BBC’s Luther starring Idris Elba, to pen the script, so at least something is going right. And now we finally know more about the changes made in the Escape From New York remake, according to ten story details revealed by The Wrap.
A couple of the biggest changes are that Manhattan isn’t a maximum security prison in the remake, and Snake Plissken isn’t saving the President of the United States in this one. Rather, he’s capturing a playboy heir named Thomas Newton in an artificial-intelligence controlled, drone-filled Manhattan. In other words, this Manhattan sounds more like a gated community, a prison of their own making. Newton is standing in for the Duke of New York as the movie’s villain.
We also finally find out Snake Plissken’s real first name.