April 22, 2010 at 10:30 PM EDT

Looks like New Line Cinema’s plans to remake John Carpenter’s cult classic Escape from New York is coming together. The studio, which recently received a rewrite from Allan Loeb (Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) is in negotiations with Breck Eisner to helm the dystopian actioner. While the movie has yet to find its Snake Plissken, the studio has honed in on Eisner, who recently directed the R-rated remake to George Romero’s The Crazies.

Eisner, the son of former Disney head honcho Michael Eisner, directed the 2005 critical failure Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. His second effort, the lower-budgeted horror flick The Crazies, which starred Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell, earned a much friendlier critical reception, and has grossed close to $40 million since it debuted at the end of February.

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