It’s been a big week for Australian filmmaker Leigh Whannell. On Tuesday, it was announced that Whannell had signed on to write and direct Universal Pictures’ new The Invisible Man movie. Now comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that he will write the script for the 20th Century Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York as well.
According to the trade, there is no deal for him to direct yet, but it’s a possibility. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing, and Carpenter is executive producing.
The original is set in a world ravaged by crime and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake’s mission – and his life – unless he succeeds!
The film also stars Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau.
Whannell co-created the Saw franchise with James Wan. In addition to Saw, he has written such films as Dead Silence, Insidious, and Insidious: Chapter 2. He has directed Insidious: Chapter 3 and Upgrade. Whannell is also an actor and has appeared in some of the above films and more.