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.