Leigh Whannell to Write and Possibly Direct Escape from New York Remake


Following up on last week’s announcement that Leigh Whannell will be directing a new version of The Invisible Man for Universal, late last week news broke about a second major project in the works for Whannell. Much like The Invisible Man, it is a remake project that he is inheriting from someone else, although this one has been floating around for quite a bit longer. We are hearing that he will write a remake of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York and there is a chance that he could direct it as well. Clearly the low budget ingenuity he displayed with the sci-fi thriller Upgrade is paying off. Hit the jump for more info.

According to THR, Leigh Whannell has been hired to write the long-gestating Escape from New York remake for Fox. He is not currently attached to direct, but the “door is open” for that possibility as well. Sources say that it will not be a complete rewrite but will bring new ideas with one goal being “to avoid the bloated tentpole remake path that afflicted the reboots of other 1980s-era movies such as Robocop and Total Recall.”

Robert Rodriguez was the director most recently attached to direct this movie, but previous filmmakers have included Breck Eisner, Brett Ratner and Len Wiseman. No doubt Whannell is a name that should help put genre fans at ease, but even if he directs they are going to have a hard time finding someone to fill the shoes of Kurt Russell in the lead role. Does this news make you more optimistic about an Escape from New York remake?

  • Jake

    Netflix should just give Carpenter 100 million to make Escape From Earth.

  • Gerry

    Could be fun provided they remember to be balls out batshit crazy and definitely not serious in any way.

  • Lori Cerny

    Oooh, is that a real script?

  • Mrespony

    This story is too fun to begrudge a remake. Just do it right please!

  • Mrespony

    Snake Plissken: Jeremy Renner
    Duke of New York: Dwayne Johnson
    Brain: Rainn Wilson
    Maggie: Alexandra Daddario
    Cabbie: Keenan Thompson
    The President: Daniel Kaluuya
    Hauk: Bruce Willis
    Romero: Bill Hader