20th Century Fox is moving forward with its reboot of Escape From New York, the classic 1981 action thriller starring Kurt Russell. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neil Cross, the creator of the acclaimed BBC series Luther, is set to write the script for the relaunch. Cross beat out a slew of other screenwriters for the job. This also marks his latest venture into feature films, following work on Mama and Pacific Rim.
The new Escape From New York movie will be produced by Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. John Carpenter, who directed and co-wrote the original, will serve as a creative consultant and executive producer. A director has yet to be hired.
Back in 2013, there were plans to relaunch Escape From New York as a trilogy, beginning with an origin story film. It was then later said that the movie would be inspired by the acclaimed video game Batman: Arkham City. According to THR, Fox is aiming for a relaunch on par with Planet of the Apes. That franchises was rebooted with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and then 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, both of which were huge successes critically and financially.
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