‘Escape From New York’ Remake Enlists Leigh Whannell as Writer & Possibly Director
Four days ago, we got the announcement Leigh Whannell would write and direct Blumhouse & Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man.’ Now, he will be tackling the long-gestating remake of John Carpenter’s ‘Escape from New York’ for 20th Century Fox.
Whannell will write the script, but is not signed on to direct. Moreover, it is said a deal for him to direct is also possible. Also, John Carpenter will be executive producing.
Previously, the film had a draft written by Neil Cross, the creator of BBC’s ‘Luther.’ Robert Rodriguez was attached to direct.
However, Whannell will start from scratch with a new vision for the project. THR had this to say about his plan:
“[The film] will retain elements of the original but bring new ideas to the table. One of Whannell’s goals is to avoid the bloated tentpole remake path that afflicted the reboots of other 1980s-era movies such as Robocop and Total Recall.”
Further, no other details were given on the project regarding cast or a release date. It can be assumed this will be made after ‘The Invisible Man.’
Source: The Hollywood Reporter