Len Wiseman Confirmed Directing Escape from New York Remake
In early August, a rumor hit the internet stating that Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman would be directing two more gigantic upcoming movies. Today one of those rumors is confirmed: it's true that Wiseman is directing the Escape from New York remake with Gerard Butler. In Hollywood fashion, the new replaces the old: Underworld and Live Free or Die Hard's Wiseman takes over for the legendary John Carpenter.
Gerard 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 after his plane is knocked down by terrorists. The original 1981 movie starred Kurt Russell and was set in 1998.
I'm not sure I appreciated Wiseman's directing in Live Free or Die Hard enough to say he's the perfect choice for this. And I know there are plenty others out there who are still arguing that a remake of Escape from New York is outrageous to begin with. Either way, let's hope for the best and hope for Gerard Butler's excellence to satisfy where Wiseman cannot.
As for the rumor, IESB.net claimed that the deal was for both films: Escape from New York and Gears of War. So far one half of it is true, let's hope the other half is, too.