This remake has been strolling around the development compound for several years, snarling at the gatekeepers and crushing cigarette butts beneath its booted feet. Silver has suggested an idea that explores how Manhattan became the prison we see in Carpenter's 1981 movie. The idea right now is to feed elements of Snake'’s background and the history of New York's current state into the character via brief glimpses of Snake's post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
According to Starlog's sources – which must still be treated as unofficial and therefore firmly in rumour territory – the new treatment has for a long time had more of a team element than ever before, with Snake joined on his endeavours to rescue the stranded US president by Mina, a war zone journalist now living as a scavenger, Cabbie the schizophrenic travel guide (played by Ernest Borgnine in the Carpenter film), Gareth, the last survivor of the President's security and The Brain, Plissken's former partner in crime (a version of whom cropped up in the original played by Harry Dean Stanton).
Hunnam is reportedly the current top choice, though he's been filling his schedule up recently with the planned Pacific Rim sequel and a potential role in Guy Ritchie's (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) King Arthur adventure, which may make him unavailable. Stevens will, we suspect, move up the list of people's favourites after The Guest arrives and Bernthal, still best known for The Walking Dead, is also a strong contender.
It's still early days for this take, and none of the details are solid yet. But it appears Silver Pictures is starting to look for a director to tackle what the producer is hoping will kick off a fresh franchise.