EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Renner Says There’s ‘No Truth’ To ‘Escape From New York’ Rumors

Is the Snake really coming back?

There has long been talk that New Line is working on a remake of John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York,” based on a script from Allan Leob (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”). Rumored directors have included everyone from Brett Ratner to Len Wiseman (“Live Free or Die Hard”), with the job finally going to Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”). Dudes like Gerard Butler and Josh Brolin, meanwhile, have had their names tossed around as leading men potentially game to take over the Snake Plissken role from Kurt Russell. So far, though: no Snake.

The latest Snake-in-waiting, according to Internet scuttlebutt, is Jeremy Renner. Web reports earlier this month suggested the Oscar-nominated “Hurt Locker” star was close to being in talks for the role. But according to Renner, that’s simply not the case.

“No, there’s no truth to that,” he told MTV News recently.

Renner has been shooting “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” in Dubai over the past several months while preparing for work on “The Avengers.” Busy doing wacko stunt work with “Mission” co-star Tom Cruise, Renner has had no contact with New Line about “Escape From New York.” Nor would his involvement in what the studio is hoping will become a new franchise make much sense. He’s already got two franchises on his plate with “Mission” and the Marvel universe, and as he explained to us, “This is going to be the next 10 years of my life.”

Renner hadn’t even heard anything about “Escape From New York” until someone let him know about the rumors.

“Someone told me about it and then I saw it online,” he said. “I was like, ’That’s news to me as well.’ I didn’t know anything about it.”

Who do you think should play Snake Plissken in the “Escape From New York” reboot?