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New Line acquires "Escape From New York"
By Karl Schneider
March 16, 2007
According to Variety, New Line Cinema has won a bidding war for the upcoming remake of Escape From New York
The film will star Gerard Butler (300) and be produced by Neal Moritz. The studio closed the deal on March 15, three days after CAA began shopping it to studios.
Butler would play Snake Plissken, the one-eyed convict who's charged with heading into the inescapable maximum security prison formerly known as Manhattan to liberate the U.S. president. Kurt Russell played the role in the original film.
Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) will write the script.
KJ's Take: Say what you want about how this film shouldn't be remade, it's a classic, yadda yadda. I never saw the original, I like the premise and it sounds like it has some good source material to draw from. Did I mention I like the casting too? Bring it on!