New Line Cinema will produce and distribute the action remake, Escape From New York.
Gerard Butler is set to star as Snake Plissken in this updated version of the John Carpenter flick. The Hollywood Reporter adds Ken Nolan is writing the screenplay, 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.
No production schedule has been set for Escape From New York.