New Line Cinema has quickly snatched up the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake, which was pitched to the studio by CAA this week, reports THE HOLLWOOD REPORTER.
Neal Moritz will produce with 300 star Gerard Butler playing the lead role of Snake Plissken. Ken Nolan (BLACK HAWK DOWN) will pen the screenplay, which will add a Plissken origin story with the plot of the 1981 original, where Plissken was given the task of rescuing the president from Manhattan, which in the futuristic world of the film is turned into a prison.
StudioCanal, who co-owns the rights to the film, will handle the European rights.
StudioCanal vice chairman Frederic Sichler and Ron Halpern, svp international production and remake development at Canal Plus, will serve as exec producers alongside Original production exec Ori Marmur.