Kurt Russell Talks About Escape From New York Remake

Jason McDonald

Over the weekend Kurt Russell attended the CapeTown Film Fest here in Los Angeles, California and proceeded to engage in a Q&A about Escape from New York.  Questions ranged from his thoughts about director John Carpenter to how the character of Snake Plissken was designed.

Inevitably the subject of the upcoming remake was broached and Kurt was asked for his opinion about it.  According to Collider, this is what he had to say:

Russell said that while he admits that nothing is sacred in his industry, he did feel that remakes should be done to films that are flawed and need revising to make them right. When asked about his opinions on who should play Snake if a remake were done, Russell remarked that he thought it was interesting how many people have given him their suggestions and the actors are always from Australia and other countries. “There’s one thing I can tell you about Snake – he’s an American.”

Oh man, only Kurt Russell could make that sound so bad ass and poetic. Excuse me for a moment, my tear ducts are swelling with patriotism.


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      1. Tammy (@tsnm6) May 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        Stop with all the freaking remakes! There is only one Snake Plissken and his name is Kurt Russell! Find something else to f’up or better yet, be original!!

      2. Robert Duchi May 6, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        What is Kurt Russell to old to play ”Snake S.D.(Bob) Plissken” hell NO!!! Let’s do it again let Snake go out biting ! C’mon John Carpenter ,Debra Hill , and Kurt Russell do it one more time How about Escape from Boston !…Indianapolis hhmm louisville ,aaahh Seattle a ?
        I got it “Escape from Detroit” it is the most likely to be mugged city in America !

        • Halloweenie May 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

          You’re on to something man! We do Escape from Detroit and throw in Robocop for good measure.

        • Herner Klenthur May 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm

          Agree. I want Kurt back as Snake!

      3. Robert Duchi May 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        You would think Peter Weller could use the work ? But now’s he’s got that a bit bigger the a bit part in the new star trek movie so he’s probably feeling like he’s to good for RoboCop ! I bet Robert Burke would fight to the death to get in Robo’s shoe’s again! And of course the return of Stacy Keach, Steve Buscemi and maybe Goldie Hawn can play the old bag lady !

      4. Dennis Francis May 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        Gary Busey as Snake Plisken.

        “Escape from this hell Butthorn”

        Omg i would pay top dollar

        • Herner Klenthur May 6, 2013 at 9:50 pm

          hahah. Problem is there is only one Snake Plisken and his name is Kurt

      5. eric June 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

        I agree with kurt don’t mess with the great films can’t hollywood come up with new ideas for movies dammit

      6. Robert June 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        I just want to see Kurt Russell complete Snake Plissken’s story not let it open season for some British actor to make a prequel or remake it! I thought you remake bad movies or movies that never lived up to their potential ! The thing from the 50’s was good but very one dimensional .the 80’s version knocked it out of the park ! Thank god the new one was a better then expected prequel ! But 90% of remakes in the last 15 years sucked ass! Hollywood has no imagination or ambition left ! There all remakes ,re-imagined or comic book movies!