Update on Gears of War Movie and Escape from New York Remake

The fine folks over at IESB has your update on two hot movie properties currently on New Line Cinema’s slate, with both gearing for a 2009 release. The first is the remake of John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York”, set to star Gerard Butler as the infamous one-eyed survivalist Snake Plissken. According to IESB, the screenplay for the “Escape” remake, by Ken Nolan, is done, and the man who will be in the director’s chair will be no other than … Len Wiseman?

Yes, Len Wiseman, who is coming off “Live Free or Die Hard”, and otherwise known as Mr. Kate Beckinsale. (Because, you know, he’s married to her.)

So what about the “Gears of War” movie? According to IESB, the script, by Stuart Beattie, is also done, and the man in the director’s chair will be …

… Len Wiseman.

What? No, that’s not a typo. One of IESB’s “reliable studio insider” has told them that Wiseman is currently in talks to develop and direct both movies for separate 2009 releases.

That’s a lot of work for one man. But then again, he is married to Kate Beckinsale, not that that has anything to do with anything, but I just wanted to mention it again, is all.

Here’s info about “Gears of War” in case you have no idea what it is:

Gears of War is a tactical third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games (the creators of the Unreal series) using Unreal Engine 3.0 technology and published by Microsoft Game Studios.

The game centers on the soldiers of Delta Squad as they fight to save the human inhabitants of the fictional planet Sera from a relentless subterranean enemy known as The Locust Horde. The player assumes the role of Marcus Fenix, a former prisoner and war-hardened soldier. In cooperative play, the second player plays as Fenix’s friend and fellow soldier Dominic Santiago, or “Dom”. The two soldiers join Delta Squad and battle the subterranean-creatures through the course of the campaign.

Update on Gears of War Movie and Escape from New York Remake