It didn’t take long for “Escape From New York” to be captured.
New Line Cinema has landed the rights to the remake of the cult John Carpenter movie with Gerard Butler attached to star as Snake Plissken.
A bidding war broke out over the property, hot due to the success of “300” this week which stars Butler,but the mini-major ending up finally securing the rights.
The original film was set in 1997, a time when Manhattan had been turned into a giant maximum-security prison. After terrorists crash the U.S. president’s plane on the island, Plissken is forced into a rescue mission.
What little back story is known on the enigmatic eye-patched character is that he is a war hero who was incarcerated for robbing a federal reserve bank. Many of NYC’s prisoners knew him, but the Government propaganda machine claimed he was dead.
Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) will write the script, which will combine an origin story for Plissken merged with the story of the 1981 movie.