A couple years back, New Line Cinema was trying to remake John Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi actioner Escape from New York. They first hired Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman, who got replaced with Brett Ratner. I wasn’t excited about either of the two filmmakers rebooting Snake Plissken, although Wiseman’s production design background made him the better choice of the two. This is a time right after 300 made huge bank at the box office, resulting in the casting of Gerard Butler as the new Plissken. The project thankfully fell into the wayside, never to be heard from again… until now.
Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies, has signed on to direct the remake of Escape from New York, set up with producer Neal H. Moritz‘s Original Films. HeatVision says they will be sticking with Allan Loeb‘s draft, which “tries to mix an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken and merge it with the story of the 1981 original.”
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Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2010 by David Chen
The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley are joined by Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies, to discuss the phenomenon of remakes, the benefits of 3D, and Eisner’s upcoming planned Flash Gordon remake. C. Robert Cargill from Aint It Cool News also stays with us to share his views on The Hurt Locker. The Crazies is out in theaters today.
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Crazies.
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Overture Films has sent us three exclsuive photos from Breck Eisner‘s remake of The Crazies, starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker and Joe Anderson. I also heard a rumor that Eisner might be a guest on an upcoming edition of the /Filmcast. Check out the photos after the jump.
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The third (and presumably last) trailer for Breck Eisner’s The Crazies has hit, and this one is all about being short and sweet. We covered the first trailer back in October (which featured the Gary Jules cover of “Mad World”), and the second in December, which went a bit more in depth with the setup. The film tells the tale of a small town whose population has been turned into crazy killing machines by some sort of unknown toxin. It stars Timothy Olyphant as a small town sheriff who is trying to survive against the hordes of insane civilians and violent military retaliation, along with his pregnant wife (Radha Mitchell).
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What the world needs now is another insta-forgettable remake of a bona fide horror classic like I need a stake through the heart.
When the Crazies remake rolls out in the new year, I’m going to be crossing the fingers on both hands and hoping for it to be a corker. On one hand because it’s a remake of George Romero’s The Crazies, a wonderful film that doesn’t need a lame looky-likey cousin, and on the other hand because director Breck Eisner has now signed on to direct the remake of David Cronenberg’s superb paedophobia chiller The Brood. A duff Brood do-over would sting and so I want to believe in Eisner, not spend a few months living in dread.
If you haven’t seen the original, here’s a brief, spoiler-free breakdown. Nola Carveth is a patient at the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmatics, a typically creepy, mysterious and, basically, Cronenbergian medical facility. At the same time, her ex-husband is being haunted by Don’t Look Now-alike little strange figures. These two circumstances are not merely coincidental… the human body is capable of some rather strange and scary things.
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The first trailer for Breck Eisner‘s The Crazies was pretty good, but with one significant misstep: it made heavy use of the song ‘Mad World’, which for the next decade should be considered as owned lock, stock and barrel by Donnie Darko. That aside, the trailer had a fairly intriguing vibe.
This second trailer omits the song, thankfully, and is a bit more straightforward. It gets into a lot less plot, jumping in when things are already going off the rails in a small town. There’s more of a slasher vibe to this cut, which I’m guessing is a deliberate move to skew the film as something more simple than it actually is. Read More »
Breck Eisner is currently hard at work on his remake of George Romero’s The Crazies. Seems like a tough gig – the original film really is something very special and it will be pretty hard to compete with it. Eisner’s obviously happy to tackle remakes, however because both of his potential next projects have seen the silver screen before.
Firstly, there’s a new Creature From the Black Lagoon. One draft of that script was done by Gary Ross, which is pretty encouraging, and I’m definitely intrigued – particularly if it gets shot in 3D, as per the original. And then, and probably more likely to roll first I’m guessing, is a new Flash Gordon film. Talking to Arrow in the Head, Eisner has laid down his ideas on what the films need.
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“Let’s dance, Tom.”
In the dizzying sinkhole of modern remakes, enough time has passed with 1954′s Creature from the Black Lagoon to dampen fanboy squabbles over a new studio effort. Of course, the sci-fi horror reboot still needs to impress, and that responsibility falls with its director. While I hoped to see John Landis or Rob Zombie strike up fresh chills and gills in exotic locales, director Breck Eisner (Sahara, son of Michael) tells ShockTilYouDrop that his planned remake is moving forward, complete with locations scoped out in South America, a fully created, newly envisioned creature, and less than two percent aspiration to be the next Mummy 1, 2, 3, 9.
Eisner didn’t draw comparisons to the tone of The Dark Knight (watch for an oncoming avalanche from countless PG-13 assigned directors), but did bring up fashionable parallels to The Wolf Man (the original) and Universal‘s other classic monsters (but not, you know, Sommers’s The Mummy).
“We debated tone a thousand times. For me tone is the most interesting thing a filmmaker has and so the Creature is a creature, it’s not a monster. That’s my number one thing about the movie. We’re not going to turn him into a monster. He’s still going to be empathetic, he’s still going to be deadly, he’s still going to have a misguided means of expressing his interests in a woman, but it’s uniquely the Creature. …It will deliver of action and excitement, but I want it to be scary. The Creature was scary when it first came out in ’54 – it’s not scary today – but that’s what updating means to me, updating the tone of the original.”
In other words, don’t worry too much, it won’t be Sahara with a man in
birthday suit. Intriguingly enough, Eisner references Werner Herog’s Fitzcarraldo for inspiration and says he’ll shoot partially in the Brazilian city of Manaus where Herzog and Klaus Kinski notoriously went nuts. The titular lagoon(s) has been chosen as well. When can we expect this then?
“I want to get [Eisner's remake of George Romero's The Crazies] done, get it into post-production then head to the Amazon for ‘Creature.’ Oddly, I’m waiting on the height of the Amazon river before we start shooting – it drops 50-feet in October and November. But we’ve got the boat set and everything ready to go.”
Eisner says he’s reworking the script by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) and confirms that Spectral Motion (Hellboy, Fantastic Four) is a lock for the SFX. I’m really curious to see any artwork or the script for this, so please leak them. Mixing studio-pleasing action with genuine scares is nearly as hard to pull off as horror comedy, but Eisner’s well liked and most in the know feel his best days and visions are in front of him. Creature > McConaughey’s spray-on tan adventure.
Discuss: Now that it’s picking up speed, what are your feelings on the remake based on Eisner’s quotes and notions above? And given the creature’s penchant for the ladies, do any of Slashfilm’s female readers find it attractive? In 3D?
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