‘Escape from New York’ Wants Jeremy Renner as Snake Plissken

An offer is out to ‘The Hurt Locker’ star for the Breck Eisner remake of John Carpenter’s seminal action classic.

Jeremy Renner could wear Snake Plissken's eyepatch in Escape From New York
Jeremy Renner could wear Snake Plissken's eyepatch in Escape From New York
The latest issue of Production Weekly is indicating that Jeremy Renner could star as Snake Plissken in the upcoming Escape from New York remake.

There is only an offer out to the actor at this time, and it wasn't clear if he would accept the role. Its also noted that the movie will start filming in the first quarter of 2011. Jeremy Renner could feasibly shoot this project before The Avengers starts filming, where he will portray Hawkeye. Although a clear production start date for The Avengers hasn't been given yet.

Breck Eisner is directing Escape from New York from a script by Allan Loeb. We exclusively reported back in June that Timothy Olyphant, who starred in Breck Eisner's horror movie The Crazies, was considered as a possibility to portray Snake Plissken.

Escape from New York is in development .

Sources: Production Weekly

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  1. WongFu

    Why does it have to be a remake, I would prefer a passing of the torch sort of deal. Snake meeting his son, at the beginning then have the son take over. Sounds much better than a stinking stupid remake, which will be dumbed down. If that could ever happen to this two film franchise.

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  2. Daveactor7

    @Cyn agreed. I thought he was only screaming in 300

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  3. Cyn

    I love Gerard Butler, too, but...his last couple of movies I could barely understand his accent. And my grandmother was SCOTTISH.

    4 years agoby @cyn-de-harvenFlag

  4. Cyn

    @Josh. Ooh, I hadn't heard of Josh Brolin's name being thrown around for this. He WOULD be good. He may almost be up there with my favourite, Timothy Olyphant, for this role.

    4 years agoby @cyn-de-harvenFlag

  5. Josh

    What happened to Josh Brolin being up for this? I could see him as Snake.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. sylar


    4 years agoby @sylarFlag

  7. notgettingpaid

    Oh, f***, people, just sign Olyphant, give the director his first choice, and spend the extra money on the movie, okay? This is obviously just about getting a 'name' to put on the poster. How big of a name was Kurt Russell in 1981?

    4 years agoby @notgettingpaidFlag

  8. Remy72883

    i agree with @Todd89 and @Yveske on this one kurt in my mind is the only snake but if it had to be redone i DEFIANTLY THINK Timonthy Olyphant should get this role and do it, his on screen presence is a good one not to mention his characteristics and and humor is Snake Plisskin

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  9. IamBATMAN

    they are remaking this because everything gets remade, you should all know this by now.... jeremy renner is an awesome actor and you should all be happy he was chosen over some schmuck who would probably just butcher the role anyway

    4 years agoby @iambatmanFlag

  10. WongFu

    In my eye Kurt is the only Snake

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  11. Yveske

    kurt must do it not another actor

    4 years agoby @yveskeFlag

  12. Pjwolsker

    Ok well first off... Jeremy Renner is a great actor and I think he could do it but id much rather see Timothy Olyphant as Snake Plisskin

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  13. Jimthar

    i thought they wanted gerard butler for this??? how the hell did they drift over to renner. nothing against him but this is not the part for him.

    4 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  14. Shervg

    He seems to young to be snake? I always loved Gerard Butler but i'm still not sure about this as escape from NY is one of my fave films.

    4 years agoby @shervgFlag

  15. the Narrator

    I want to see him pull of Hawkeye as well. I mean, I can't stress how much Josh Holloway was perfect for the role, and I want to make sure the role went to not only a good actor, but a good Clint Barton.

    Still don't know why they're remaking this.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  16. Wpnx0351

    This is getting really stupid now. Remake "Escape From New York"? Come on!!!

    4 years agoby @wpnx0351Flag

  17. slysnide

    Down with these remakes! The original by Carpenter was the best! Don't trash it!

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  18. Cripple

    Hell yes. Him or Olyphant would be bad-ass.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  19. DoubleR0522

    Cool !!!!

    4 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  20. Emmytt


    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  21. Gandoff

    I have to agree with John2347... If Stalone and others can come back out for action movies, then Kurt can too. This would only work if it was a prequel type of story i think. I do belive Jeremy would be great in it either way, but its like trying to make Rambo with someone eles.

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  22. Josh

    I love him as an actor, but unless he grows a beard his baby face makes him entirely unsuited for the look of the character.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  23. Jonnred

    I think he would be a good Snake but I still think that if Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone can keep playing Iconic characters Kurt Russell should be able to. Now if this movie was a prequel or a sequel after New York and before L.A. I would defiantly check it out but I just don't think it should be remade especially by Breck Eisner I thought the Crazies was OK but Sahara was terrible.

    4 years agoby @jonnredFlag

  24. IamBATMAN

    F*CK YES!

    4 years agoby @iambatmanFlag

  25. Messenger

    I know Kurt Russell wasn't happy about Snake being played by Butler cause he said if Snake Pliskin is anything, he is American.

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  26. ejk1

    I think the new Snake Plissken should be the old Snake Plissken. Kurt Russell can still get it done. Of course, that may mean moving from New York to another city, but I'd rather watch Kurt than a pretender.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  27. Daveactor7

    Gerald Butler to me is overrated

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  28. Fat_Jesus

    I was excited for Gerard Butler tackling the role...

    4 years agoby @fat-jesusFlag

  29. Daveactor7

    When they cast Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye I hollered for joy lol

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

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