'Escape from New York' remake could star Charlie Hunnam

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Dan Stevens

The latest rumors place the "Sons of Anarchy" star on the shortlist to star in a remake of John Carpenter's cult action movie. Dan Stevens ("Dowton Abbey") and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead") are also said to be in the running for the lead role, which was originally held by Kurt Russell.

Plans to revive the 1981 action movie seemed to have been placed on the back burner. But late last week, new details revealed by Starlog and picked up by Empire set the rumor mill turning once again on the subject of the remake.

According to Starlog's source, producers are targeting Charlie Hunnam -- who is also in line to play King Arthur in Guy Ritchie's forthcoming franchise -- as well as Dan Stevens and Jon Bernthal for the role of Snake Plissken, the seedy character played by Kurt Russell in John Carpenter's original feature.

The project is still in the pre-production stage and there is still no word -- official or unofficial -- on a director.

In "Escape from New York," Manhattan has been transformed into a maximum security prison with over three million detainees, all organized into rival gangs. When Air Force One is forced to make a crash landing in this extremely dangerous territory, the head of the US president's security hires an equally dangerous man -- Snake Plissken -- to get the leader of the free world safely off the island.