Total Film interviewed John Carpenter, during which the director shared his thoughts on a possible sequel to the cult series “Escape” with Kurt Russell. The fact that Escape from New York celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and that Kurt himself turned 70 in March, did not at all confuse the eminent filmmaker.
This is a character Kurt loves passionately. He convinced me to make a sequel. I have material for the third, and maybe even the fourth story about the Snake. I don’t know if we can ever film this, but I think he deserves it.
In addition, John Carpenter shared his memories of the production moments of The Thing, which also became a landmark in the careers of an actor and director. According to Carpenter, filming in Alaska using Rob Bottin’s complex special effects could have turned into a disaster, but Universal Studio suddenly supported the directors’ idea and went to meet them. As a result, the ending of the picture was written in a hurry, literally on the knee, and there was a lot of pressure from the producers that it was better to change it.
The commercial failure of “The Thing” at the box office severely crippled John, as the film turned out exactly the way he wanted to see it. All the funnier now is the fact that in our time the horror of 1981 is highly regarded by film critics and fans of horror films.