Why the new Snake Plissken HAS to be a 'badass'

Snake Plissken? "I heard you were dead!"

Nope, he lives, and new details about his upcoming resurrection in the remake of John Carpenter's kick-ass 1981 sci-fi action movie Escape From New York assure us that he'll be the same old badass.

In fact, it's in the contract, according to a report on Vulture:

We learned that in order to land the rights, New Line had to sign a contract with John Carpenter stipulating, among other things, that Plissken "must be called 'Snake'"; "must wear an eye patch"; and that he would—and we're not making this up—"always be a 'bad-ass.'"

Gotta love that.

The site also offers up new details about the remake:

New Line Cinema is quickly moving forward with plans to remake John Carpenter's 1981 dystopian action classic Escape From New York, thanks to a rewrite from Allan Loeb, the man who rescued the Wall Street sequel from development limbo over at Fox. A big reason for the fast track was creative: Loeb nailed the humor in Plissken without slipping into camp, and he changed Snake's rescue-mission target from a president to a female senator, thereby upping the banter quotient.

But just as big a factor was economic: They found a much cheaper way to turn Manhattan into a giant prison.

In the original, set at the end of World War III, New York City was a husk of itself after being turned into a giant prison, but that kind of destruction gets pricey.* So in Escape 2.0, the Big Apple that the as-yet-uncast Snake Plissken is dropped into will be geographically undesirable, but intact: This Manhattan was evacuated and turned into a privately run penal colony after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city.

Sounds like the movie will also preserve other elements of the story: The authorities will still be on Liberty Island, though this time around it's a private KBR-like security company.

Only thing missing, we're guessing, will be the irreplaceable Kurt Russell.

What do you think of this reboot? And who should put on that eyepatch? Sam Worthington?

For the latest sci-fi news, follow us on Twitter at @scifiwire

More from around the web