LYNCHBURG, Va. — Fans of iconic filmmaker John Carpenter, known for directing cinema classics such as “Halloween” and “They Live,” celebrated today as the director announced the much-anticipated third film of the “Escape From” series, his first film since “The Ward” in 2010.
The film, titled “Escape From Liberty University,” is expected to enter production next month with a release date planned for early 2019.
It will be produced by James Cameron, who was a visual effects supervisor for the original 1981 film and was approached by Carpenter out of the blue. “I knew John had been talking about making another sequel for years. But for real, now? I thought it was dead. Me and everybody else.”
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Speaking about the film in an exclusive interview, Carpenter explained that the film’s unique setting was inspired by the lifestyle, rules, and traditions of the prestigious Christian university’s Lynchburg campus. “Liberty is a vast dystopia of tormented souls trapped in an agonizing prison from which there is no escape. When we imagined it together with ‘New York’ and ‘L.A.,’ it made perfect sense for a sequel.”
Carpenter also revealed various details from the upcoming film, including a brief synopsis of the plot.
Kurt Russell will reprise his role as Snake Plissken, the main character from the first two films, while Russell’s son Wyatt has signed on to play Leonardo, Plissken’s estranged son. Gary Oldman will play Jerry Falwell, Jr., the university’s president and the film’s main antagonist. One casting rumor also mentioned a cameo from John Goodman, portraying former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee.
“The story will follow Snake’s son, Leonardo, who is captured by Liberty faculty members after he sneaks onto campus to visit a casual lover,” Carpenter revealed. “Snake then infiltrates the campus to rescue his son. They’ll have to escape things like convocation prisons, young-Earth creationist professors who guard various entry points around the university, and an overwhelming number of NRA apologists.”
Carpenter also added that fans can expect some serious thrills and action due to the amount of weaponry the student body regularly carries.
“The fact that nearly the entire campus is packing is going to make for some truly explosive cinema. This is going to be an action-packed thriller from start to finish.”
Principal photography will begin later this year. If the film is a success, Carpenter hinted at the possibility of a fourth installment, having already written the prologue: “In 2018, construction began on a wall along the southern border of the United States. By 2028, the economy collapsed. In response to the overwhelming outpouring of American refugees, the remaining members of the United Nations extended the wall around the entire continental United States.”’
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