Liam Neeson is attached to star in a remake of The Escapist, the 2009 film that served as the directorial debut of Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Sean O'Keefe is writing the screenplay, but no director is attached at this time. It isn't known when production may begin on the StudioCanal action thriller.

The original film The Escapist starred Brian Cox as a convict serving a life sentence, who recruits his fellow inmates to stage a prison break, so he can visit his ailing daughter. Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper and Steven Mackintosh rounded out the supporting cast in The Escapist, which helped pave the way for Rupert Wyatt to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Actor Brian Cox revealed to us in a 2011 interview that he was so impressed with Rupert Wyatt's work in The Escapist, that he helped the director land the Rise of the Planet of the Apes gig.

Liam Neeson will next be seen in Taken 3, opening this Friday, along with other 2015 releases Run All Night, Ted 2 and Silence. The actor is coming off a busy 2014, where he had roles in The Nut Job, The Lego Movie, Non-Stop, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Third Person and A Walk Among the Tombstones.