Movie Escape from New York (Remake)

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Re-uploading Ken Nolan's 2007 remake script and 2010 revised draft by Allan Loeb. I did a review of both drafts in case if you are interested for more info;

https://www.scriptdrive.org/index.php?threads/unproduced-scripts.2717/post-52178

There is one more draft by Nolan which exists, it's dated 2007.11.10. Director Jonathan Mostow did a re-write of the script before David Kajganich and Loeb, but his draft never leaked out and since he's not credited on 2010 draft, it's safe to say that none of it was kept.

Script by Neil Cross for upcoming (or not?) remake by Robert Rodriguez is out there, but for obvious reasons it's not a public script yet. From what i know, the only draft of it that's available is from October 2016, and it's probably the first draft. According to reports, the script was finally finished and ready for production last year in December. Without spoiling anything, i'll only say that i thought 2016 draft was solid enough and promising, even though it is very different from the original film, but as with any remake, with good director and cast it could end up being at least a fun film. And it wouldn't hurt if the script was made better in later drafts of course. I still think that Ken Nolan's 2007 script was the best when it comes to scripts for EFNY remake, despite the few flaws it had.
 
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Re-uploading Ken Nolan's 2007 remake script and 2010 revised draft by Allan Loeb. I did a review of both drafts in case if you are interested for more info;

https://www.scriptdrive.org/index.php?threads/unproduced-scripts.2717/post-52178

There is one more draft by Nolan which exists, it's dated 2007.11.10. Director Jonathan Mostow did a re-write of the script before David Kajganich and Loeb, but his draft never leaked out and since he's not credited on 2010 draft, it's safe to say that none of it was kept.

Script by Neil Cross for upcoming (or not?) remake by Robert Rodriguez is out there, but for obvious reasons it's not a public script yet. From what i know, the only draft of it that's available is from October 2016, and it's probably the first draft. According to reports, the script was finally finished and ready for production last year in December. Without spoiling anything, i'll only say that i thought 2016 draft was solid enough and promising, even though it is very different from the original film, but as with any remake, with good director and cast it could end up being at least a fun film. And it wouldn't hurt if the script was made better in later drafts of course. I still think that Ken Nolan's 2007 script was the best when it comes to scripts for EFNY remake, despite the few flaws it had.
For Neil Cross, it’s the first draft. Though I had remember trying to read it with the chance of skimming it and oh boy, tbh that it was just me that I really thought it was just so dull and damn boring and didn’t liked it at all.

Though I agree with the Nolan draft being the best, I was just having the greatest time in my life reading it, it was really good and very very disturbing.
 
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Well, you know, yes it's not the best EFNY remake script, but again, i thought Cross' first draft was pretty solid for an action script. Like for example, the chase scene in the middle of the script was pretty alright in my opinion. I would love to see the later drafts and see how much it was changed, who knows, maybe Rodriguez also did some work on the script and fixed it up. Don't forget he is a huge fan of Carpenter and original film, which made him want to become director. But to be fully honest, it's my least favorite of all three versions of remake scripts i read. I would even put Coleman Luck's Escape From L.A. way above it.

And yeah, Nolan's script was insane. Snake's encounters with prisoners, Crazies, giant rats, Broadway run, that motorcycle chase, attack on Madison Square Garden and entire finale... They really missed a chance for making a damn good action thriller. Maybe the budget issues had something to do with changes made on the script and why that version of remake was eventually cancelled. I can tell just by reading this script that the movie would need a big budget, just for all the action sequences, not to mention everything else.
 
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Leigh Whannell is now writing.

I guess they didn't like Cross' version after all?
I thought Cross’ script was to me, very very boring, didn’t liked it at all!

I’d be curious what Leigh could bring to what his take on Escape would be. I’d pretty much now don’t have a such caring at this point for a Escape remake. If it were Ken Nolan to direct from his script, it’d be a definite choice, but more work to the script could be neat.
 
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FWIW, in the Directors Chair interview with John Carpenter, Rodriguez rhapsodizes about how EFNY was the movie that made him want to make movies. I'd be surprised if he didn't stick with this one.
 
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FWIW, in the Directors Chair interview with John Carpenter, Rodriguez rhapsodizes about how EFNY was the movie that made him want to make movies. I'd be surprised if he didn't stick with this one.
Rodriguez strikes me as the kind of guy who would say this to any of his heroes, about any of their films.

Either way, I haven't been big on him for some time now. Think I'd rather see what Whannel could do, if they give him the option. Didn't see his Insidious film, but enjoyed Upgrade.
 
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The biggest problem with Cross' draft were the nods to the original, like the completely pointless side story with Cabbie, and the awful twist ending where it sets up for a straightforward remake.
 
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I've been following this entire project for long time, and i liked all the scripts for it that are available, so i'm curious about this new version, and i'd like to see another writer's take on the story. It would be hilarious if Whannell's script also gets rejected though, then this would really be up there with The Crow remake's failed attempts, just like dcook577 said.
 
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Rodriguez strikes me as the kind of guy who would say this to any of his heroes, about any of their films.
I'd disagree. He interviews his heroes on Directors Chair, and Carpenter is the only one he spoke to this way.

I like Rodriguez' ideas off-screen more than his movies. I really want to like his movies, but they typically disappoint. In interviews and podcasts, he has a lot of cool ideas about creativity, art and filmmaking. He did a long podcast with Tim Ferriss that is really interesting.
 
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I haven't liked a Rodriguez film since Machete, and I was a big fan of his for a while. Even Sin City 2 was pretty bad, but that's at least half on Frank Miller and the lame new stories he came up with.
 

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There was a time when I thought Rodriguez could do no wrong. El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Planet Terror, Sin City, Machete -- love 'em all to death. But starting with Predators I feel like he's been steadily going downhill. Hopefully it's just a slump. The dude is a fountain of creativity, so hopefully he'll correct course before too long.
 
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