Who will escape this time?
The directing team of Radio Silence–Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillette and Chad Villella–will helm the reboot of 1981’s classic Escape from New York, according to a report on Deadline.
The filmmaking trio will also produce the 20th Century Studios reboot, along with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. Radio Silence is responsible for the current Scream relaunch for Paramount Pictures.
John Carpenter–who directed and co-wrote the original film–will serve as executive producer. No word has leaked about the storyline, production schedule or a release window, but sources say the studio is looking for a screenwriter.
The original Escape from New York–directed by Carpenter from a screenplay he wrote with Nick Castle–is set in 1997 Manhattan, which is now a maximum-security prison. When Air Force One crash-lands inside the city walls, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is recruited to rescue the President (Donald Pleasence) from the clutches of a crime boss called the Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes).
The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing more than $25 million on a budget of $6 million and earning four Saturn Award nominations. A sequel–Escape from L.A.–was released in 1996.
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