Deadline is reporting that New Line/Warner Bros. has dropped the right to make the proposed Escape from New York remake.

"They've allowed the option to drop on a remake they've been developing, meaning that the reboot of the John Carpenter-directed 1981 classic is up for grabs."

The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He's charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane within the city walls. Snake's offered a pardon if he's successful, but fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline.

New Line and producer Neal H. Moritz have been working on the reboot, most recently with The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached to direct, and a script by writers that includeAllan Loeb and Jamie Moss.

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Brian B.