Articles & Notes — March 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

“Shocker” may get remade, while “Escape from New York” may be rebooted

escape-from-new-yorkIt seems like two well known movies may be reminded of, one may get remade, and the other one may be rebooted. We’re talking about Wes Craven’s “Shocker” and John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York”.

Wes Craven recently spoke to CraveOnline, and in an interview he said he’d want to redo “Shocker”, because of the obvious reasons.

“I’d like to redo Shocker just to get the special effects right because we had a real special effects disaster on the film,” Craven recalls. “The guy who was doing all the visual effects kind of flamed out, had a nervous breakdown because he was attempting more than he could actually do.”

Craven continued: “When he told us towards the end of the movie that not a single one of the special effects was actually working, he was working on a new technique, my son’s job specifically became just to find all the negative. It was all around town in unmarked boxes and under people’s editing [benches]. It was a nightmare itself. We pulled every favor in town to get all those special effects done very quickly and some of them are pretty sketchy.”

When asked what were exactly the effects in the film that gave problelms, Craven said “going in and out of the television” and also “going into the wall”.

Craven did not say when he plans to start working on a possible remake of “Shocker”, as it seems to be all talking thus far.

As for “Escape from New York”, New Line spent years trying to remake John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York”, with names like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy, however it never worked out.

“The Crazies” director Brent Eisner was also supposed to direct the remake for the longest time, but like Butler, Renner, and Hardy, he too has moved on.

After years in development hell, New Line has given up, and the rights to “Escape from New York” have now gone to French-based Studio Canal, who have handed over reins of the franchise to producer Joel Silver.

Now, according to BeyondHollywood, Silver and Studio Canal talk about a new trilogy, “starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.

It’s interesting where from would the characters be “escaping” this time? Hopefully some other place besides New York and Los Angeles – we’ve already seen that.



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