Warner Bros. has been trying to mount a big-budget remake of the sci-fi survival tale Logan’s Run for years now. Bryan Singer and Carl Erik Rinsch were both attached to direct at different times, but the studio could never get the project off the ground. Now there’s a new creative team boarding the film: director Nicolas Winding Refn and Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling, who just finished shooting the action thriller Drive together.
Genre loving scribe Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) penned the screenplay for the picture, while WB-based producers Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman will produce. Production is set to begin in the fall.
For those who shamefully don’t know what Logan’s Run is, the story centers on Logan 5, a “Sandman” whose job it is to put to permanent sleep those who try to escape mandatory death, the downside of the blissful existence in the domed city that protects the inhabitants who survived a 23rd Century apocalypse. But as his own expiration date rapidly approaches, Logan realizes the error in his ways — and in the philosophy of his civilization — and before you know it, the hunter becomes the hunted.
The only problem that I see with this development is that, since the project has long been delayed, rival studios have made films that borrowed elements of Logan’s Run. Fox’s upcoming thriller NOW comes to mind, as does Searchlight’s acclaimed Never Let Me Go (which Garland also adapted) and even Universal’s Repo Men and DreamWorks’ The Island. Of course, Logan’s Run IS the original and still has surprises up its sleeve, especially with a filmmaker like Winding Refn, who has thrilled audiences with visceral back-to-back features Bronson and Valhalla Rising. I’m also very excited to see Gosling finally take on a tentpole picture, as he’s stuck to indie fare all these years while studios were practically knocking down his door to lead a handful of franchises.