In another interview with Eisner over on MovieWeb, he discusses the chances that Timothy Olyphant, with whom he worked on The Crazies, could play Snake.
"I'm a huge fan. As a kid, I absolutely loved that movie. And Snake is such a bad-ass," Eisner told us. "The interesting thing about 'Escape from New York' is that it was a comment on the urban decay and the suburban flight coming out of the '70s and early '80s. Conceptually, it's an idea that's not true today because of the world we live in. So, how the prison is created is going to be different than in Carpenter's version. The anxiety of the world and anxiety of our existence post-9/11 is there, especially the anxiety in Manhattan post-9/11. Plot-wise, they're different, emotionally they're very similar. That's why it'll be interesting to tackle this movie, to have a slightly different take but with the same results which is Manhattan is turned into a walled prison."
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 Crazies, which comes out on Blu-Ray next Tuesday, was one of my favorite films of last year, and it was a total surprise in a genre that has been done to death. And Olyphant was fantastic in it. While I don't think there's any need for an Escape From New York remake, I do at least have hope that in Eisner there is the possibility of it being good.