Back in March, it was revealed that John Carpenter's classic Escape From New York was set to be rebooted with Robert Rodriguez directing and Neil Cross set to pen the script. News has been quiet since, and we now know that Cross has been hard at work on the script.
Speaking with Deadline, Cross revealed the update on the script and Carpenter's approval on it.
Cross explained, “Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting. It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need.”
Cross continued, “You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.”
Latest news says that the reboot will play out as a prequel to the original with John Carpenter still set to executive produce. Twentieth Century Fox is hoping to spawn an entirely new set of sequels.
Escape From New York (1981) synopsis:
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.