Why the new Snake Plissken HAS to be a 'badass'

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Snake Plissken? "I heard you were dead!"

Nope, he lives, and new details about his upcoming resurrection in the remake of John Carpenter's kick-ass 1981 sci-fi action movie Escape From New York assure us that he'll be the same old badass.

In fact, it's in the contract, according to a report on Vulture:

We learned that in order to land the rights, New Line had to sign a contract with John Carpenter stipulating, among other things, that Plissken "must be called 'Snake'"; "must wear an eye patch"; and that he would—and we're not making this up—"always be a 'bad-ass.'"

Gotta love that.

The site also offers up new details about the remake:

New Line Cinema is quickly moving forward with plans to remake John Carpenter's 1981 dystopian action classic Escape From New York, thanks to a rewrite from Allan Loeb, the man who rescued the Wall Street sequel from development limbo over at Fox. A big reason for the fast track was creative: Loeb nailed the humor in Plissken without slipping into camp, and he changed Snake's rescue-mission target from a president to a female senator, thereby upping the banter quotient.

But just as big a factor was economic: They found a much cheaper way to turn Manhattan into a giant prison.

In the original, set at the end of World War III, New York City was a husk of itself after being turned into a giant prison, but that kind of destruction gets pricey.* So in Escape 2.0, the Big Apple that the as-yet-uncast Snake Plissken is dropped into will be geographically undesirable, but intact: This Manhattan was evacuated and turned into a privately run penal colony after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city.

Sounds like the movie will also preserve other elements of the story: The authorities will still be on Liberty Island, though this time around it's a private KBR-like security company.

Only thing missing, we're guessing, will be the irreplaceable Kurt Russell.

What do you think of this reboot? And who should put on that eyepatch? Sam Worthington?

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