In his second major studio booking in the same week, filmmaker Leigh Whannell has been tapped to write the redo of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York for Fox. Earlier in the week, he was hired to write and direct Universal’s Invisible Man remake.
Whannell will write the script for the remake and possibly direct but nothing is set in stone as of now.
John Carpenter will executive produce the project while Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce.
The plot of the original 1981 movie was set in a future (then 1997) where Manhattan had been turned into an island-sized maximum-security prison. When the president of the United States crashes into the decaying city, an outlaw is coerced into traveling inside to rescue him.
Whannell, however, is kickstarting Escape with a new vision for the project that sources say will retain elements of the original but bring new ideas to the table. One of Whannell’s goals is to avoid the bloated tentpole remake path that afflicted the reboots of other 1980s-era movies such as Robocop and Total Recall.
Escape is one of those sacred films that I hate to see remade but in this day and age it’s inevitable. I like his work, I just hope he doesn’t stray too far from the original source material to put his own stamp on it. We’ll have to wait and see on this one.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter