Besson's Escape From New York in space
Luc Besson has come up with a new idea for a film called Lock Out, and while some are comparing it to Taken (Filmstalker review), but to me it sound more like Escape from New York, just in space.
The film will follow a man who is wrongly convicted of conspiracy against the U.S. and is offered a pardon if he can rescue the President's daughter from an outer space prison which has been taken over by the inmates.
Now that sounds much more like Escape From New York, except that New York is now in space. Still, don't get me wrong, I'm not belittling Lock Out because if you simplistically label films like this then you can make a lot of good and great films sound like so many others, however you can't deny the obvious similarities.
Luc Besson came up with the idea along with directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, and it seems as thought they have the script already. Sony Pictures Entertainment is set to distribute and I would presume that Europacorp, Besson's company, will be producing.
The grammar in Deadline Hollywood Daily's article doesn't make it clear if James Mather and Stephen St. Leger are directing the film or if they worked with Besson to write the script and their occupations are directors, however a quick look up of Lock Out reveals that they are indeed going to take joint directing roles on the film as well as having written it.
What's more is that there's a cast already, Maggie Grace is joining as the President's daughter, she also appeared in Taken (Filmstalker review), but the hero of the piece, the new Snake Plissken, is going to be Guy Pearce, but without an eye patch, maybe.
I find that casting choice rather surprising as Pearce isn't known for the more entertaining roles, but then Besson did manage to get Liam Neeson to star in Taken didn't he? So why wouldn't Pearce accept this action role?
The idea sounds interesting, but it does sound a lot like Escape From New York, do you think they can remake it in Besson style before Hollywood gets a chance to remake the official version? Frankly having the prison in space sounds a lot more exciting.