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Escape from New York set for remake; guess Snake Plissken really isn't dead

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Escape from New York, the classic John Carpenter movie from 1982 starring Kurt Russell, is about to get a reboot. Snake Plissken would roll over in his grave. If the guy would ever die.

Deadline.com says Joel Silver‘s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are going to build an entire movie franchise from the story, featuring at least three films -- one of which will be a prequel so we can find out the backstory of Snake and how New York came to be a prison fortress.

If you honestly need me to recap the story of the movie here, then I feel bad for you. Basically, Snake Plissken is a hardened convict who can win his freedom if he can rescue the president of the United States, who has fallen into the fortified prison of New York. Okay, so that didn't take as long as I thought. And it really is better on screen than in print.

There are plenty of tough-guy actors to take over for Russell, who is now 62 years old, making him the perfect age to take over the role of the president. It probably won't happen -- Kurt's too nice a guy for the part. But I hope they make room for him somewhere. Fans will remember Kurt already reprised the role once; in 1996 for the less-than-worthy Escape from L.A.

TOP 5 LINES FROM ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK:

5. "God save me, and watch over you all."

4. "You touch me... he dies. If you're not in the air in thirty seconds... he dies. You come back in... he dies."

3. "They sent in their best man, and when we roll across the 59th Street bridge tomorrow, on our way to freedom, we're going to have their best man leading the way - from the neck up!"

2. "You're the... Duke. You're A-number 1!"

1. "Snake Plissken... I heard you were dead."

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