If I was somehow forced to choose my all-time favorite director, John Carpenter would probably come out on top. Beginning with 1978’s seminal Halloween, Carpenter helmed a run of films almost unmatched in history.

That list includes The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, Prince of Darkness, They Live, In the Mouth of Madness, and most definitely 1981’s dystopian action classic Escape from New York, starring Kurt Russell.

Snake Plissken is one of the most badass antiheroes in cinema history, and Hollywood has been trying to remake or reboot Escape from New York for decades, without any success. Now, a remake seems to be finally happening.

The most recent incarnation of Universal’s Escape from New York remake was set to be directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Neil Cross, but THR now reports that Leigh Whannell has been hired to write a new script.

Whannell has an extensive history with the Saw and Insidious franchises, and last year wrote and directed the acclaimed Upgrade. Whannell was also recently hired by Universal to write and direct an Invisible Man reboot.

For now, Whannell is only signed on to write Escape from New York, but THR’s report says that the “door is open” for him to possibly direct the remake as well. One wonders which Universal movie he’d make first.

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