New Line has won the bidding war for a remake of Escape From New York, with 300 star Gerard Butler attached and Neal Moritz producing through his Original Films.
Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan is attached to write the script. Executive producers include Original’s Ori Marmur; Ron Halpern and Frederic Sichler of Canal Plus, which held the remake rights; and John Carpenter, who directed the 1981 original.
Butler would portray Snake Plissken, the convict and war hero who’s sent into a futuristic New York City — which has been turned into a giant maximum security prison — to rescue the president of the U.S. after his plane is knocked down by terrorists. The original was set in 1998.
Kurt Russell played Plissken in the original film and again in Carpenter’s 1996 sequel Escape From Los Angeles.