Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) will direct a New Line remake of Escape From New York, which will star Gerard Butler (300) and be produced by Neal Moritz.

Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan is penning the script. Executive producers include Original’s Ori Marmur; Ron Halpern and Frederic Sichler of Canal Plus, which held the remake rights; and John Carpenter, who directed the original 1981 film.

Butler is portraying Snake Plissken, the convict and war hero who’s sent into a futuristic Manhattan — which has been turned into a giant maximum security prison — to rescue the president of the U.S. after his plane is knocked down by terrorists.

The original starred Kurt Russell and was set in 1998.

Wiseman previously directed Underworld and Underworld: Evolution.

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