Starlog Archives: John Carpenter’s Escape From LA
Once Kurt Russell shed his Disneyfied image from his child actor days, he spent much of the eighties and nineties on the edge of being an A-list actor. Following the surprise success of Tombstone and Stargate, Russell started commanding a hefty salary and was able to throw his weight around a bit. That new-found clout enabled Russell to revisit one of his favorite characters, Snake Plissken, in a sequel to the 1981 cult movie, Escape From New York. Fans of the original were initially excited to get a follow-up fifteen years later. That is, until they actually saw the movie. Before the disappointment set in, Stalog devoted a cover story to the anticipated sci-fi sequel in the September 1996 issue.