Would Timothy Olyphant make a good Snake Plissken?

Drew Tinnin

by: Drew Tinnin
June 24th, 2010

Does he have to have an eye patch to be Snake Plissken? Can’t he just snarl and be in a really bad mood? Or is Snake Plissken without the eye patch the same as Dirty Harry without his Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver? That’s one of the choices director Brett Eisner (THE CRAZIES) will have to make when he begins the monumental task of updating the classic John Carpenter film ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.

Eisner won’t just be remaking the movie, he’ll be remaking one of the more iconic characters of the ’80s, and from a recent interview with MovieWeb, it looks as if Eisner thinks he knows the perfect man for the job: Timothy Olyphant.

Eisner had this to say when asked directly about the possibility of Olyphant stepping into the role Kurt Russell made famous:

“Creatively, he would be great for it. We have not yet discussed internally within the studio who will play Snake Plissken. There are many factors that go into those discussions. First and foremost, obviously, is the creative one. We can’t make the movie unless we get the perfect Snake Plissken, and that’s a tall order. There are very few guys that could do it. He would definitely be one of the guys who could. There is no question about that.”

The casting would make sense. Olyphant and Eisner just worked together on the remake of George Romero’s THE CRAZIES, and stepping up to remake a much more beloved film made by another legendary director could prove to be a worthy follow up creatively for the pair. There’s even a character named Romero in the original ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, an obvious nod to the godfather of zombies.

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