Whannell To Pen “Escape from New York”

“Upgrade” writer/director Leigh Whannell has set to pen the upcoming remake of the John Carpenter classic “Escape From New York” reports THR.

The original was set in a future where the U.S. had become a 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.

Whannell’s vision for the film will reportedly retain elements of the original while also bringing new ideas to the table, trying to avoid the problems of remakes like “Total Recall” and “Robocop”. He replaces “Luther” creator Neil Cross who was previously attached.

There’s no plan in place for Whannell to direct at this point. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce.