New Line Cinema is moving forward with a remake to John Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape from New York. A big reason for movement is thanks to a strong rewrite by Allan Loeb (who also rewrote the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps:
A big reason for the fast track was creative: Loeb nailed the humor in Plissken without slipping into camp, and he changed Snake’s rescue-mission target from a president to a female senator, thereby upping the banter quotient. But just as big a factor was economic: They found a much cheaper way to turn Manhattan into a giant prison.
According to NY Mag’s Vulture blog, the remake will also present a different portrayal of New York (an idea credited to previous scribe David Kaiganich):
…in Escape 2.0, the Big Apple that the as-yet-uncast Snake Plissken is dropped into will be geographically undesirable, but intact: This Manhattan was evacuated and turned into a privately run penal colony after the detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city. “It is not a disaster movie,” says a source close to the project. “It is an exposé of an ecosystem, if you put a huge wall around Manhattan and then dropped in the most fucked-up, dangerous criminals on Earth.” This means New York will still be recognizable to audiences, à la I Am Legend, rather than an entirely new Armageddon Island.