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‘Logan’s Run’ Hires a New Writer

Producer Joel Silver has been spending the last several years of his career pushing for a remake to 1976’s Logan’s Run, in which everyone lives in a hedonistic society where you live till the age of 30.  Bryan Singer , Carl Erik Rinsch and James McTeigue were names pegged to direct, but all three bailed. Bronson and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was eventually secured. He brought with him Drive star Ryan Gosling to play  Logan 5, the “Sandman” turned runner in the 23rd century.

Now there is a new writer on the film: Andrew Baldwin

Baldwin, who gained notoriety with 2008’s Black List (the top film screenplays that went un-produced) with The West is Dead and wrote the still-unproduced Red Asphalt for Lionsgate, has been hired to pen a new draft of the script. Veteran writer Alex Garland had originally completed a draft of Logan’s Run and Will Beall worked on a rewrite shortly after Refn became part of the project, but obviously the script must not have been up to snuff with Baldwin being brought in.

Andrew will have plenty of time to develop this new draft since Refn is busy with his next upcoming project, the Thailand-set Only God Forgives, which Gosling also stars.

The Hollywood Reporter has stated there is no clear date on just when Logan’s Run will begin production, but Refn has expressed interest in moving forward as soon as next spring.

The original Logan’s Run, based on a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, was released in 1976 and takes place in the future–2274, to be precise. At some point before the movie, there was a terrible disaster that forced the survivors of mankind to kick it biodome-style in Washington, D.C. In a clear case of taking the old adage, “Never trust anyone over 30,” the law states that when you turn 30, you get capped. And to keep you from lying about your age, at birth everyone is implanted with a little jewel-like nub in their palms. The Lifeclock, as it’s called, changes color as the person ages.

Those who don’t want to willingly take a dirt nap are called Runners, who are hunted down and terminated by the Sandmen. Logan is one of them. Anyhow, it’s a real uplifting flick. I can see this being an exception to anti-reboot movement. Especially with Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling attached.

Via: Slash Film

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