When Snake Plissken next hits our theater screens, he’ll be taking orders from somebody very familiar to horror fans. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete) in in talks to helm the remake of the cult classic Escape From New York. While plans for the remake of the 1981 movie (which takes a bleak look into a dystopian future where New York City is now a city-wide prison) have been floating around the 20th Century Fox studios for around a decade, the hiring of the 48-year-old Rodriguez is a strong sign that the project is really ramping up and is one step closer to becoming a reality.
Anyone who knows anything about Kurt Russell- the legendary actor behind classic John Carpenter heroes like Jack Burton, Snake Plissken, and R.J. MacReady- must’ve jumped right out of their seat when it was announced that he would be playing Chris Pratt’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He recently sat down with io9 to discuss his role in the upcoming film and to draw connections between his early work and Pratt’s performances. Russell practically invented the “sometimes heroic/sometimes hilarious cool dude” archetype, so it makes perfect sense that he play “Ego” to Pratt’s “Star-Lord.” Turns out, Russell is just as aware of this as the rest of us. Here’s what he had to say:
On Saturday night, Connecticut Cult Classics paid tribute to legendary director John Carpenter by showcasing two of his films at the Strand Theater in Seymour, CT. Dubbed “John Carpenter Night” the double bill featured Big Trouble in Little China and The Thing. Fan favorite Kurt Russell starred in both films.
The 1986 classic, Big Trouble in Little China was first on the big screen. Fans roared with laughter as they watched trucker, “Jack Burton” (played by Kurt Russell) thrust into a mystic battle set in Chinatown. Russell is joined by Kim Cattrall who plays “Gracie Law” in the film and James Hong is the evil antagonist, “Lo Pan.”
John Carpenter has just shared some very interesting news about the next Halloween film on his Facebook page. The next film in the franchise will be written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green. The film will be directed by Green. The two have previously collaborated on several successful projects, including Pineapple Express, Eastbound & Down, and Vice Principals.
Check out Carpenter’s post below for all of the details:
Michael Aiello, director of creative development for entertainment for Universal Orlando Resorts, announced today that a house based on the 1981 John Carpenter sequel Halloween 2 would become a featured house for the 2016 edition of Halloween Horror Nights.
Aiello broke the news on the Official Universal Orlando blog stating “Growing up with the original ‘Halloween,’ I always loved and appreciated that its sequel was simply titled, ‘Halloween II.’ It literally picked up the events within seconds from where the previous ended. I found this so cool. What I thought was the end was merely the first half of a horrific story.”
Horror icon John Carpenter, the man behind the some of the genre’s most classic films weighed in on “The Walking Dead” and the current state of horror on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. When referring to AMC’s top rated show he said, “That was a movie that George Romero made back in ’68 [Night of the Living Dead] and they have milked…people have milked it and they’re STILL milking it. It’s unreal.” He also suggested that the horror genre was “due for a resurgence.”
What do our hardcore horror fans think? Is it time for less rehash and more innovation?
John Carpenter will executive produce a new Halloween film with Jason Blum and Blumhouse. Malek Akkad (2007’s Halloween), with his Trancas banner, will also produce. Blumhouse and Miramax are co-financing.
Carpenter said “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”
Blum added, “Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have ???a special place in the hearts of all genre fans, and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together.”
Welcome to the first post-Halloween edition of Horror Hunting!, as we barrel into November. Just because this special day for kids and horror freaks has passed, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay in the Halloween spirit! To prove it, one of the items highlighted in this installment will ensure that it’s October 31st all year round in your dwelling. The second collectable came to me as the family and I enjoyed a post-trick-or-treating viewing of the underrated ’80s flick The Monster Squad. And away we go……