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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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Ya know what I’d like to do?  In mid conversation I’d like to say “here’s the Thing” and pull out of my pocket an action figure of the Thing from Fantastic Four. Then continue talking as if nothing was aloof.

So kiddies….er I mean Bastards. Here’s a bit of casting news that may change your mind about FOX‘s proposed Fantastic Four Reboot. According to comicbookmovie good ole’ 20th Century FOX is pursuing Bruce Willis to provide the voice of The Thing who is said to be a full CGI character this time around. Willis would also portray the character in human form in the few short scenes of the opening credits. While there is no official word on Willis receiving any formal offers, this is more than likely just a show of faith to fans that FOX is taking the relaunch seriously.  Personally I love Bruce Willis (Who doesn’t love ‘The Bruce’) but I don’t think he has the gruff voice nor look for the role of Ben Grimm. Er…I dunno, I guess if you want the Thing to sound like Garfield he’s a good choice. My vote goes to Domenick Lombardozzi from “The Wire”. Authentic NYC accent and attitude, plus he definitely has the look.

Lets get back to the whole “Fox taking the relaunch seriously” bit. Besides the mighty Bruce being thrown in the mix there is some other news regarding actors and production crew supposedly being attached to the project. As it stands now they are also looking at bringing in Adrien Brody or Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Alice Eve as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Kevin Pennington as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, and Stephen Moyer as Doctor Doom. It’s also said that David Yates, Joe Carnahan and James McTeigue are in the fold as possible directors. Of course, none of these names have been mentioned officially from the Studio but, nonetheless these are some serious names being kicked around. One might think that FOX actually does give a shit. Is it possible they may have learned the error of their ways?

comicbookmovie also says that production of the film will being in May 2011, for a summer 2012 release and that the team’s origin (transformation) will take place during the opening credits (similar to the Hulk).

What do you think of Bruce Willis possibly taking on the role of The Thing? What’s your take on FOX’s new direction? Do you have faith that they can actually deliver a good super hero flick for once? Please share your comments below.