New Line is in negotiations with Breck Eisner to helm their remake of the classic 1981 Kurt Russell flick Escape From New York. Eisner recently directed the remake of George Romero’s The Crazies for Overture. New Line’s Escape From New York remake has been in the works for a few years, and Gerard Butler was initially attached but left the project in 2007. The remake’s script was written by Ken Nolan, David Kajganich and Allan Loeb, and it will follow the basic plot of John Carpenter’s original film, in which former soldier Snake Plissken has one day to save the President after Air Force One crashes and Manhattan has been overrun by gangs. According to Variety, Walter Hamada and Sam Brown will oversee for New Line. The project is set up at Neal Moritz’ Original Films
Steve recently spoke with Moritz about the film earlier this month. Moritz wouldn’t say much beyond that they have a script and that he’s okay making it R-rated as long as it’s for violence and not language because he thinks swearing doesn’t automatically make something a cool movie. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about this project in the near future.