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New Line plans ‘Escape’ with Breck Eisner

Director in talks for remake of John Carpenter pic

Breck Eisner is in talks to direct New Line’s remake of “Escape From New York,” set up with Neal H. Moritz’s Original Films and Canal Plus.

Eisner directed Overture’s remake of “The Crazies” and “Sahara.”

New Line has been developing the revamp of John Carpenter’s 1981 original for several years. Gerard Butler had been attached to star as Snake Plissken in 2007, but left over creative differences.

Original sci-fi actioner, starring Kurt Russell, was directed by John Carpenter from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nick Castle. Pic follows antihero Plissken as he tries to save the President in gang-ruled Manhattan.

Script for the new version of “Escape” has been penned by Ken Nolan, David Kajganich and Allan Loeb, who wrote the most recent draft. Story follows along the lines of the original in which Plissken — an iconic soldier-turned-criminal — is given 24 hours to find the President following the crash of Air Force One.

Walter Hamada and Sam Brown are overseeing for New Line

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