Wiseman Set For “Gears of War,” “Escape from NY”

Underworld” and “Live Free or Die Hard” helmer Len Wiseman is currently in talks to develop and direct both “Gears of War” and “Escape from New York” for New Line Cinema.

Written by Stuart Beattie and slated for a 2009 release, “Gears of War” is an adaptation of last year’s hit XBox 360 video game about soldiers on an alien planet fighting hordes of creatures.

Also slated for 2009 is the Ken Nolan-penned remake of John Carpenter/Kurt Russell classic “Escape from New York” with Gerard Butler stepping behind the eye patch of Snake Plissken.