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Last week it was announced that Joel Silver's reboot of John Carpenter's cult classic 'Escape from New York' was moving forward. The original film took place in the then future date of 1997, wherein Manhattan Island had been transformed into a maximum security prison colony. A convict on his way to incarceration is enlisted to help save the president, whose plane has crashed within the walls of the massive prison. Word is that the reboot would actually be a trilogy of new films beginning with a Snake Plissken origin story. Silver has teamed with Studio Canal to finally get this project off the ground, but it's been percolating for quite some time. Apparently at one point, Tom Hardy ('The Dark Knight Rises'), Gerard Butler ('300'), and Jeremy Renner ('The Avengers') were in line for the role of Plissken, and current reports still have Hardy pegged as a contender. Also currently in the running is Jason Statham ('The Expendables'). As of this posting, no final decision has been made.
Tom Hardy as Snake Plissken? Interesting. I've been trying very hard not to go all fanboy furious over this reboot, as 'Escape from New York' is one of my all time favorite movies, but you don't have to be a diehard fan to understand that there is a clear-cut favorite in this race. Between Tom Hardy and Jason Statham, it's not really a difficult choice. I like Jason Statham a lot, despite his inconsistent career track record. Every now and again, he makes a sinfully fun to legitimately impressive action film that I thoroughly enjoy. However, those gems are often surrounded by garbage. Statham is a strong action star leading man, but that should not be the only requirement of the new Snake Plissken. Kurt Russell wasn't cast because everyone knew him as a tough guy, point of fact 'Escape from New York' was released just a few years after his long run of Disney family films. Russell knocked that character out of the park because he was an excellent actor and not just a jawline. For that reason, this gig should absolutely go to Hardy. Tom Hardy is not just a well-built jock, he's also one of the best actors working today. I will be tremendously disappointed if Statham wins out.
What do you guys think? Which of these two do you think would make a better Snake Plissken? Would the casting of either of them spark your interest in this reboot?
Source: New York Daily News