As is the way with Hollywood, a remake of John Carpenter’s masterful Escape from New York is being planned. But there’s some good news.

Melbourne’s Leigh Whannell, who’s been responsible for the Saw and Insidious franchises, as well as the fab Upgrade, has signed on to write the thing. There’s no word as yet as to whether he’ll also direct, but apparently it could happen.

Stepping into the shoes of Carpenter is a big ask, and one that we’re sure many would rather just not happen. But at least it looks like there’ll be somebody adapting it who’s got suss. Also, Carpenter will be involved in an executive producer capacity.

Not surprisingly, there’s no potential casting news as yet.

According to THR, who first broke the story, “one of Whannell’s goals is to avoid the bloated tentpole remake path that afflicted the reboots of other 1980s-era movies such as Robocop and Total Recall.”


Whannell is set to be one busy bloke, as word hit just last week that he’ll be bringing us a remake of classic horror flick The Invisible Man.

Delve into Leigh Whannell’s movie history at JB Hi-Fi.