“Luther” creator and “Mama” writer Neil Cross has come onboard to work on the script for “Escape from New York,” the upcoming remake of the 1981 John Carpenter cult classic at 20th Century Fox.
The story is set in a future where Manhattan Island has been walled off and turned into a maximum security prison. When Air Force One is attacked, an escape pod containing the President of the United States crashes into the decaying city.
An outlaw by the name of Snake Plissken is recruited into traveling inside to rescue him and is given 24 hours to locate and retrieve the President who has become a hostage in the hands of the prison’s most dangerous kingpin.
Fox has been trying to remake the property for some time, Gerard Butler was attached to play Plissken in a previous version, and they are said to be aiming high with this version which they hope will do “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” style business. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing
Source: Heat Vision