Len Wiseman, the director behind Live Free or Die Hard, is in negotiations to helm Escape From New York, New Line Cinema's remake of the cult John Carpenter movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project was set up at New Line in March with Gerard Butler attached to star as anti-hero Snake Plissken.

Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) wrote the script, which will combine an origin story for Plissken merged with the story of the 1981 movie. The original film was set in a futuristic 1997, when Manhattan had been turned into a giant maximum-security prison. The U.S. president's plane crashed on the island, and Plissken -- incarcerated for robbing a federal reserve bank -- was coerced into a rescue mission.

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Carpenter is executive producing.

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