Wiseman at helm of NL's 'Escape' plan


Len Wiseman, director of "Live Free or Die Hard," is in negotiations to helm "Escape From New York," New Line Cinema's remake of the John Carpenter film (HR 8/15).

The project was set up at New Line in March with Neal Moritz producing and Gerard Butler attached to star as anti-hero Snake Plissken.

Ken Nolan ("Black Hawk Down") wrote the script, which will combine an origin story for Plissken merged with the story of the 1981 movie.

The studio is fast-tracking the project.