Fox Scores “Escape from New York” Reboot

Though it has been rumored to be in the works for years, the remake of “Escape from New York” has never actually been setup at a studio – until now. 20th Century Fox has reportedly won a competitive bidding war to bring us a new version of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 sci-fi classic.

Kurt Russell starred in the original as Snake Plissken, a criminal tasked with rescuing the President of the United States after the downing of Air Force One. The President’s escape pod landed on Manhattan Island, which has been converted to a maximum security prison completely run by the criminals that inhabit it. Adding to the complications, Snake has one day in which to get him back – otherwise he’ll be killed by a poison in his system.

John Carpenter will return to this new project as an executive producer, and will provide creative input for what Fox hopes will be a reinvention that will launch a new franchise featuring the new Snake.

No cast or director is in place yet. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing.