Reboot rumors are common in the movie/TV industry, and one such rumor to keep resurfacing is the reboot of the science fiction classic Logan’s Run. Well now it appears that there is some more substance to that rumor than before. According to Deadline Warner Bros. has hired Ryan Condal (USA’s Colony) to work on a new screenplay that will NOT be a remake of the 1976 movie starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter. Instead it will be based on a treatment by Simon Kinberg (Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse), which in turn is based on the original 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. One of the big differences between the novel and the film is the age when the characters reached their “last day.” In the film the age was 30 years old, but in the book it was only 21, so it’s a fair bet that whoever is cast for this film, they will be younger than what we have been accustomed to. Then there is also the differences between the two regarding Sanctuary, so it will be interesting to see if Condal chooses to remain more faithful with the book than what was given to us in the film.
As Deadline notes, prolific producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) has been trying to get a new Logan’s Run off the ground for the past two decades:
At various points Bryan Singer & Christopher McQuarrie, Joseph Kosinski, Carl Erik Rinsch & screenwriter Alex Garland, Nicolas Winding Refn (whose version would have starred Ryan Gosling and Rose Byrne), and even video game producer Ken Levine have been attached to the film. Often wildly disparate concepts for the remake have been under consideration, most recently a version that would see a woman playing Logan-5. Condal’s signing on to expand on Kinberg’s as-yet unrevealed idea suggests WB has settled on a version they’re happy with.
For his part, in addition to working on Colony, the busy Condal is also working on a rewrite of the Dwayne Johnson-starring Rampage, which would bring the classic 1980s monster arcade game to the big screen.
How do you feel about a remake of Logan’s Run? Is this a story that needs to be remade for the big screen considering the changes that occurred in the 1976 movie? Has enough time passed to warrant a proper remake of this classic story?
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