Producer Joel Silver and StudioCanal are joining forces on a remake of John Carpenter's 1981 action classic Escape From New York. Neither a writer nor a director has been attached at this time.

No details were given regarding the story, but Joel Silver is working on an entirely new take on the plot. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a one-eyed convict in a future where New York has been turned into a maximum-security prison for the most dangerous criminals. Snake is tasked with rescuing the President of the United States (Donald Pleasence), who is being held captive by a dangerous inmate (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashes into the city.

Joel Silver and his Silver Pictures partner Andrew Rona will produce, with Alex Heineman serving as executive producer. No production schedule was given.

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An Escape from New York remake was in development at New Line Cinema, with actors such as Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy, and Jeremy Renner circling the Snake Plissken role at various times. New Line let the rights expire in 2011, making room for Silver Pictures to pick up the project.

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