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The John Carpenter-directed movie which originally starred Kurt Russell will be brought back to the big screen as an entirely new franchise.
Actor dropped his role as Snake Plissken in the remake because of creative differences.
The "Rush Hour" helmer is claimed to take over his fellow filmmaker's duties as the director for the remake of the 1981 sci-fi actioner.
"Underworld" series helmer Len Wiseman is in final negotiations to direct New Line Cinema's remake of John Carpenter's "Escape from New York."
Producer Neal Moritz has pointed out that the new version of "Escape from New York" will indeed provide the back-story of Snake Plissken.
"300" star Gerard Butler has been tapped to play the lead in a remake of John Carpenter's 1981 actioner "Escape from New York."