Neil Cross, creator of the BBC crime series Luther, will pen 20th Century Fox’s remake of Escape from New York.
The original 1981 movie, which was set in the future 1997, was set in a dystopian Manhattan that had been turned into an island-sized maximum security prison. “When the president of the United States crashes into the decaying city, an outlaw is coerced into traveling inside to rescue him.” John Carpenter directed and co-wrote the original film with Nick Castle.
Kurt Russell starred as the outlaw Snake Plissken, tasked with rescuing the President. Also in the cast: Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Adrienne Barbeau.
As The Hollywood Reporter speculates, the studio is hoping to relaunch this series the same way in which it relaunched its Planet of the Apes series. Reportedly, Carpenter is creatively involved and will be executive producing this new reboot. The Picture Co.’s Andrew Rona and ALex Heineman will produce.