FD News: ‘Escape from New York’ reboot approved; Masterson fired; Knepper speaks out
The name’s Plissken; Carpenter approves Escape from New York reboot
Snake Plissken is returning to Hollywood. Twentieth Century Fox’s Escape from New York reboot, with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) attached to direct and Neil Cross (Luther) penning the script, has been given John Carpenter’s seal of approval. The studio is hoping that the revival will lead to a whole new chapter for the franchise, with Cross stating that it’s “looking good and exciting”.
Danny Masterson fired from Netflix’s The Ranch; promises to clear his name
Danny Masterson, the focus of sexual assault allegations which date back almost two decades, has been fired Netflix’s popular comedy The Ranch. The streaming giant has confirmed that Masterson’s character will be written out of the show, with production due to resume in 2018 without him. In response to the allegations, Masterson has promised to clear his “name once and for all.”
It’s clear that Netflix is leaving nothing to chance here. Masterson’s termination comes following that of the Kevin Spacey scandal which forced them to halt production on the smash-hit political thriller House of Cards, now due to continue without its thespian lead.
Robert Knepper speaks out; careers are being “lost on the basis of accusations”
In the wake of stylist Susan Bertram’s accusation of sexual assault against Robert Knepper, four more women have stepped forward to levy similar allegations against the actor, best known for playing the role of Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell on the television series Prison Break.
Knepper, in a statement, said that he wishes to “reiterate that these accusations against me are false”. He later added that we have come to a time where “hard-earned careers are being lost on the basis of accusations”.