Robert Rodriguez to Direct ‘Escape from New York’ Remake

A remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi actioner Escape from New York has been set up at 20th Century Fox, and the director has been chosen.

Robert Rodriguez, whose credits include From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, the Spy Kids franchise, the two Sin City films and grindhouse throwbacks Planet Terror and Machete, has been placed at the helm of remake.

Deadline broke the news regarding Rodriguez’s signing, reporting that the filmmaker will be directing from a screenplay by Crossbones and Luther creator/writer Neil Cross. Carpenter is attached as executive producer on the remake and will reportedly have a good amount of input on the film’s tone.

The ’81 film was set in the future (1997 at that time) and starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a convicted bank robber sent to Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, to rescue the U.S. President. Carpenter directed a Russell-starring sequel, Escape from L.A., that was released in ’96, although it wasn’t very well received.

Fox is aiming high with this one. Deadline reports that the studios is apparently aiming to “reinvent the property” to hopefully kick off “a Planet Of The Apes-like franchise.”

Rodriguez’s next film as director is Fox’s long awaited sci-fi pic Alita: Battle Angel, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro and written by James Cameron & Laeta Kalogridis. That film has been set for U.S. release on July 20, 2018.

Here’s the trailer for the original Escape from New York:

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