Deadline reports that blood-drenched genre director Robert Rodriguez has been tapped to direct Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York. Fox picked up the remake rights to Carpenter’s classic action flick two years ego, emerging victorious from a vicious bidding war.
It’s been three years since Rodriguez last helmed a major studio movie, the disappointing Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Since then, he’s been focused on his own TV network, El Rey, the From Dusk Till Dawn TV show, and putting the pieces into place for his adaptation of anime classic Battle Angel Alita. That being said, if an Escape From New York remake is inevitable, Rodriguez feels like a better-than-average choice to treat Snake Plissken’s cinematic legacy with some modicum of respect. (Fingers crossed that he can get Carpenter to handle the soundtrack duties, too.)
[Note: El Rey, like The A.V. Club, is owned by Univision Communications.]