IESB reported a few days ago that New Line Cinema was close to announcing a director for two of their upcoming projects (Gears of War and the Escape from New York remake). Now, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that New Line is indeed in negotiations with Len Wiseman to direct at least one of the projects; the Escape from New York remake.
Here’s the confirmation from The Hollywood Reporter:
Len Wiseman, the director behind “Live Free of Die Hard,” is in negotiations to helm “Escape From New York,” New Line Cinema’s remake of the cult John Carpenter movie.
The project was set up at New Line in March with Neal Moritz producing and Gerard Butler attached to star as anti-hero Snake Plissken.
Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) wrote the script, which will combine an origin story for Plissken merged with the story of the 1981 movie. The original film was set in a futuristic 1997, when Manhattan had been turned into a giant maximum-security prison. The U.S. president’s plane crashed on the island, and Plissken — incarcerated for robbing a federal reserve bank — was coerced into a rescue mission.
Source: Hollywood Reporter