The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner will direct New Line/Warner Bros. remake Escape From New York.
Gerard Butler had been attached to play Snake Plissken in 2007, but left over creative differences. Plissken is a convict and war hero who’s sent into a futuristic Manhattan 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 1981 original starred Kurt Russell and was written and directed by John Carpenter. A follow-up, Escape from L.A., was released in 1996.
The new version mixes an origin story for the anti-hero and merges it with the story of the first film.
The script was written by Ken Nolan, David Kajganich and Allan Loeb. Neal H. Moritz’s Original Films and Canal Plus are behind the project.