There’s been some renewed interest in rebooting Logan’s Run, the 1976 Sci-Fi flick based on William Nolan and George Clayton Johnson‘s 1967 novel of a dystopian society that capped age limits to 21. Simon Kinberg is the current driving force behind this latest attempt to bring Logan’s Run back to the big screen. Kinberg recently made some comments about the reboot that worked the Internet rounds and eventually found their way to William Nolan’s Facebook page. Actually, fans were posting it to William’s page just as soon as it started and Nolan had some interesting things to say about it, and all the other attempts to reboot Logan’s Run.
Let’s start with Simon Kinberg’s remarks about the reboot comparing it to The Hunger Games franchise:
We are talking to directors for that movie [right now]… It definitely is [a priority for the studio]. It’s something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise that is about a younger audience for a younger audience with a big idea. And Logan’s Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and so many of these books and movies now. So yeah, they’re seeing it as a potentially really big franchise.
There is some thought about what the future films would be and where you could take Logan in future movies, but the focus is on ‘Make a great movie.’ It was ‘Let’s make one great movie that people fall in love with but be prepared that if they do, we could make future films and what would they look like and where would you go again with the character in the next film?’
There’s a lot from the original movie. I love the original movie and I think the storytelling in the original movie is pretty wonderful. The set up is great, I think there’s a lot of world creation that’s pretty awesome as well, though ultimately that’ll be the director’s domain. But yeah there’s a lot from the original film in it, and then there’s a lot of—I guess I would call it reinterpretation from the original film rather than just a whole scale recreation.
That remark about the younger audience is interesting, in the original movie, the Hollywood powers that be raised the age from 21 to 30, which slanted the movie towards an older audience. It sounds like Kinberg is thinking of returning to the original age, bringing the film closer to the younger audience that Hollywood is courting these days.
Could Kinberg be taking the reboot back to its book roots? That would surprise William Nolan, who has been very public about his likes and dislikes about the Logan’s Run movie through the years. Check out the video embedded below for a very engaging Q & A that Nolan participated in back in 2013.
What was Nolan’s response when fans posted the Simon Kinberg comments to his Facebook page? Here’s a screen shot of what the 87-year-old author had to say:
Yep, Nolan is kinda feed up with all the reboot attempts.. at least he’s feed up with all the failed rebooot attempts. Perhaps this time around we’ll actually get past the script writing stage and get Logan’s Run into production. Taking Logan’s Run back to the younger ages makes a lot of sense. Look at the CW’s The 100, another dystopian type show that has captured a core audience that is packed with a much younger cast.
I’m a long time fan of both the Logan’s Run books, (There are three in print: Logan’s Run, Logan’s World, and Logan’s Search along with an Ebook short Logan’s Return and a planned fourth book Logan’s Journey) and the movie and the short-lived television show. The books are very different from the movie and might shock those not expecting such differences the first time they read the series. There’s a lot of material there for a franchise in the right hands.
Could Kinberg be the one that “Renews” Logan’s Run? If not, he better start running…
Here’s that Q&A I mentioned earlier: