In case you didn’t realize this year marks the 35th anniversary of Escape from New York, the classic sci-fi action flick from that was released all the way back in 1981. Even though the exact anniversary came and went last month on July 10th, a celebration seems appropriate since director John Carpenter just won a lawsuit against writer Luc Besson for plagiarizing the film while writing an eerily similar sci-fi acion movie called Lockout. And what better way to celebrate than with a new collectible print.
Grey Matter Art has teamed with artist Matt Ferguson for a new, officially licensed Escape from New York print that would be the perfect way to honor the film’s 35th anniversary. The artwork features Kurt Russell looking like a badass as Snake Plissken, and the style of the print is very much in the vein of movie posters from the 1980s. Check it out! Read More »
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When the sci-fi action flick Lockout arrived in theaters in 2012, many reviews pegged the film written by Luc Besson as a half-ass remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 classic Escape from New York with the action transported to a space prison instead of a dark future. It appears critics weren’t the only ones annoyed with the similarities between the two films because director John Carpenter actually ended up suing writer Luc Besson because the script plagiarized the 1981 movie.
Previously, a court ruled that Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production banner, along with the film’s directors/co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather had to pay $95,000 (or 85,000 Euros) to John Carpenter, co-writer Nick Castle and StudioCanal. But Besson decided to appeal that ruling, and now the appeals court has finalized their ruling, and yet again, it’s not good news for The Fifth Element director. In fact, it’s worse than it was previously. Read More »
Thanks to director John Carpenter, we’ve seen Kurt Russell in full badass mode in both Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China. But you know what both of those movies could use? The answer is even more Kurt Russell, and a new comic is getting ready to deliver just that.
Boom! Studios has revealed a new crossover comic book fully approved by John Carpenter that will have Snake Plissken from Escape from New York and Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China together for the first time.
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For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the filmography of John Carpenter, a filmmaker of extraordinary range and skill who spent a few decades churning out one masterpiece after another. And then, as luck would have it, Carpenter (who has all but retired) started entering the news again. First, Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to him with a brilliant string of tweets. Then, Blumhouse acquired the rights to make a new Halloween movie and brought Carpenter on board as an executive producer. My personal project was suddenly relevant!
Then again, John Carpenter is always relevant as long as you want to talk about one of the most fascinating and entertaining filmmakers of the past forty years. Because I needed an excuse to write about his movies (and because this is the internet), I ranked all 18 of Carpenter’s theatrically released films, which was actually a tricky progress. Even his weaker movies tend to be interesting and his best movies are so good that they defy comparison.
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For over eight years now an Escape from New York remake has been in development. Originally, Gerard Butler (300) was set to star, which, if I recall correctly, made a puzzled Kurt Russell ask, “Isn’t Snake Plissken an American?” Butler, like many writers and directors, departed from the project. Today, some life has been breathed back into the in-development-hell film, as there’s a new Escape from New York remake writer onboard. Read more after the jump.
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Recently we highlighted a couple of videos that dove into the visual symmetry between the original Star Wars trilogy and the more recent prequel trilogy and also the original Indiana Jones trilogy and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Now the editor of those videos is taking a look at some darker and grittier fare by showing the Escape from New York visual symmetry compared the 1996 sequel Escape from LA, both films from legendary director John Carpenter. Read More »
Mondo is returning to San Diego Comic Con International this year with a bunch of new exclusives, some of which we already showed you and even some Mondo Collectibles prototypes like the Godzilla statue that made its debut yesterday on /Film. Two new posters have made it online ahead of the 2015 Con: Escape from New York by Ken Taylor and Jaws by Nico Delort. Check out both of these Comic Con exclusive Mondo posters, after the jump.
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This week, we’ve been running portions of our extensive interview with screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, After Earth) as a five-part feature we’re calling “/Film’s Week Of Whitta.” Promoting the pre-order of his first novel, Abomination, Whitta talked to us not only about his career thus far, but the future and unproduced projects that haven’t happened.
Today in the fourth part, Gary Whitta talks about the projects he’s worked on that have not made it to the big screen, which include the American live-action Akira movie, an Escape From New York reboot, a big screen adaptation of Blizzard’s popular MMORPG video game World of Warcraft. I also ask Whitta about the rumors that he may be working with Blizzard on a a Diablo or Starcraft project. I always love hearing about the movies that could have been, so for me this segment might be the most interesting. Read the Gary Whitta unproduced projects interview after the jump.
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Face it: John Carpenter‘s 1981 film Escape From New York will be remade eventually. That future may have just become bit more immediate as 20th Century Fox took the film’s remake rights in an open bidding process. This kills off any previous rumors about the remake, so at least we can start from scratch on that front. Read More »