Escape From New York Movie

Escape From New York movie production status is currently Development

February 3, 2019 • Story selection and rights acquired; idea being crafted into usable script; financing and casting attachments sought; aiming for 'greenlight' Leigh Whannell will write the script.

Who's Involved:

Leigh Whannell, Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman

Release Date:

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

Set in the future, Manhattan had been turned into an island-sized maximum security prison. When the president of the United States crashes into the decaying city, Snake Plissken, an outlaw, is coerced into traveling inside to rescue him. Plissken is given 22 hours to liberate the president. If he fails, he’s wired to explode.

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Who stars in Escape From New York: Cast List

Who's making Escape From New York: Crew List

A look at the Escape From New York behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Breck Eisner last directed How it Ends and The Last Witch Hunter. The film's writer Leigh Whannell last wrote The Invisible Man and Upgrade.



Leigh Whannell


Alex Heineman
Andrew Rona

Production Company


Canal Plus (Former)

New Line Cinema (Former)

Original Film (Former)

Silver Pictures (Former)

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Production: What we know about Escape From New York?

Key Facts

  1. Leigh Whannell is on-board to write the script with the door open to possibly direct (Hollywood Reporter, 2/1/19). His mandate is to retain elements of the original but bring new ideas to the table.
  2. Remake of the 1981 film by John Carpenter.
  3. At one point, Len Wiseman was attached to direct the project before apparently being replaced by Brett Ratner. As things stand right now, Jonathan Mostow has been brought into to do a rewrite, with an option to direct (10/31/07)

Filming Timeline

  1. February 2019: The film was in Development status.

    Leigh Whannell will write the script.

  2. March 2017: The film was in Development status.

    Robert Rodriguez is on-board to direct.

  3. October 2015: The film was in Development status.

    20th Century Fox has picked up rights with screenwriter Neil Cross attached to script. Last announced in January 2015.

  4. March 2013: The film was in Development status.

    Joel Silver‘s Silver Pictures has joined forces with Studio Canal to produce the film. Last set up in March 2007 at New Line but the option lapsed.

  5. February 2010: The film was in Development status.

Escape From New York Release Date: When is the film coming out?

Escape From New York is coming out To Be Announced (TBA).

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