The classic John Carpenter film Escape From New York remake has long been a Hollywood rumor (John Carpenter himself shared some of his thoughts on the subject of remakes last year). Last month, the remake gained more legitimacy as it reached a major milestone – the script, written by Neil Cross (of Doctor Who and Luther fame) has been written, submitted, and approved by Carpenter himself.
Cross recently shared the experience with Deadline “It was quite a challenging script; it’s a challenging thing to reinvent,” Cross told Deadline. “One of the 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.’
We got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it, and that’s all I need. 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.”
We just hope this re-imagining does Carpenter less disservice than the atrocity that was The Thing remake.