In a certain interview, John Carpenter shared something that the co-owner of the film Escape from New York almost sued Hideo Kojima for.
Yes, that is right the guy who made some of the classic horror flicks, including the 1978 Halloween film, The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1986) and Escape from New York (1981). In a recent interview from The Hollywood Reporter with John Carpenter shared some of his stories ranging from the creation of Halloween (the film), having some reminisces about ?Rowdy? Roddy Piper being the star in the film They Live and suing the director of ?Lockout?. You can read the whole interview from THR?s website.
During the discussion about the lawsuit between CanalPlus and Lockout director Luc Besson, in which CanalPlus wanted to sue Besson for his film Lockout, which has the same story with Escape from New York. Then Carpenter also noted that CanalPlus wanted to sue Konami and Hideo Kojima on the Metal Gear Solid video game, as they claimed it was a rip-off of Escape from New York, in which Carpenter told them not to do that as he personally know the director behind the games, and Carpenter said that Kojima is in fact a nice guy or at least nice to him.
Kojima did mention that Solid Snake was inspired by Escape from New York?s Snake Plissken, the similarities were hinted all the way back in the old MSX console for the first Metal Gear game. And to make more recognizable, Solid Snake even used an alias on Metal Gear Solid 2, using the name Iroquois Pliskin, giving a homage to the Snake Plissken character, and not to mention the mullet cut for Solid Snake in the entire MGS game. Even Naked Snake (also known as Big Boss) from Metal Gear Solid 3 pays some tribute, with a matching eye patch (though on the opposite side) to give that resemblance to Snake Plissken.
Though the entire Metal Gear Solid games may have similarities with the plot of Escape from New York, so in case the lawsuit did happen, it is still not enough to shut down the game franchise