Escape From New York reboot by Scream Directors

After a string of high-profile projects, directors’ collective Radio Silence has apparently found their next film. Radio Silence – whose real names are Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gilletttogether with the producer Chad Villela — will direct the long-awaited remake of the 1981 action classic Escape from New York, originally directed by Horrormeister John Zimmerman. According to Deadline, the filmmakers are now involved in the reboot film for 20th Century Studios.

The trio will also produce together with partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman at The Picture Company. Carpenter will also return to play a central role in the reboot and serve as executive producer. The Picture Company has an overall deal with StudioCanal, the company that owns the rights to the original film. Although few additional details have been released and certainly no cast has been announced, the search for a screenwriter was reportedly currently underway.


The original Escape from New York movie played Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a gruff, hardened special force soldier tasked with rescuing the President of the United States from a crime-ridden Manhattan turned maximum-security prison. The film featured an ensemble cast of late 1970s film icons who also played the lead role Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, donald please and isaac hayes, among other. Where the upcoming film takes the story remains to be seen, although this notably isn’t the first attempt at a reboot Escape from New York — New Line Cinema attempted to develop a remake in 2007, although the project never got off the ground.

Escape from New York
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For radio silence, the Escape from New York reboot will be the latest in a long line of projects the trio have done together. It seems like a slight departure from the genre, however, as Radio Silence is best known for directing a number of high-profile horror films. Most notable was the 2022 reboot/sequel Scream. Led by Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett, Scream received rave reviews and was considered by some to be one of the best in the world Scream Franchise. In addition, the entire Radio Silence collective contributed to it V/H/S Horror series, anthology films composed of found footage short films. In addition, Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett directed the 2019 dark comedy horror Ready or Not, following a newly married bride who was being hunted by her new husband’s satanic worshiping family. The movie, similar to Scream, was positively received and grossed nearly $60 million worldwide on a budget of just $6 million.

No release window or start of production for Escape from New York was announced. A trailer for the original 1981 film can be seen below: