Rodriguez Up For “Escape from NY” Remake

“Sin City” helmer Robert Rodriguez has been at least in talks (and may already be set) to direct the upcoming remake of the John Carpenter classic “Escape From New York” reports The Tracking Board and Deadline.

The original was set in a future where the U.S. had become totalitarian theocratic police state and the island of Manhattan is now a walled off maximum security prison. Imprisoned former Special Forces officer Robert ‘Snake’ Plissken (Kurt Russell) has twenty-four hours to go in, rescue the U.S. President who is being held by the city prison’s most dangerous crook, and get out again.

“Luthor” creator Neil Cross is penning the script for the new version which changes things up – the mission is now eleven hours, the person to retrieve is the villainous heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation, and there’s the added complication of a major hurricane approaching.

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce while Carpenter will serve as an executive producer. Production is slated to begin later this year.