Movies That Should Not Be Made: There’s an ‘Escape From New York’ Reboot in the Works
There's no doubt that John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi / action flick "Escape From New York" is one of the coolest movies of all time.
For those of you who somehow haven't heard of it, it takes place in the dystopian future world of 1988...in which New York City has been walled off and turned into a giant prison where bad guys are dumped and then forgotten about.
But when Air Force One crash lands and the president is taken hostage by the city's leader, The Duke, it's up to eyepatch-wearing antihero Snake Plissken...played by Kurt Russell...to rescue him.
Well, since Hollywood can't seem to do anything but remake, reboot and sequelize stuff we've already seen, it's no surprise that there's a new version in the works.
But they're actually planning a TRILOGY...with the first movie being a PREQUEL.
Well, if this doesn't qualify as a MOVIE THAT SHOULD NOT BE MADE, nothing does. Or maybe we should say THESE are MOVIES that should not be made.
Or, we can just simplify things and say these are the three reasons why this TRILOGY should not be made...
#1.) The original movie took place in 1988. With the benefit of hindsight, we know that 1988 wasn't such a bad year. If you ignore the popularity of "Growing Pains", "Rambo 3" and Rick Astley, that is.
#2.) You can't demystify Snake Plissken with a prequel. You never want to tell the REAL story of how you lost your eye, because it never lives up to the coolness of the patch. For all we know, he and his fellow office workers were shooting paper clips at each other pre-Apocalypse.
#3.) In the original, the Duke of New York was played by Isaac Hayes. Is he 100% irreplaceable? As Isaac himself says in his brilliant theme from the movie "Shaft"...DAMN RIGHT.
Here's the trailer for the original movie: