Logan's Run: Everything you didn't know about the '70s sci-fi classic

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Feb 13, 2018

For geeks of a particular age who grew up in the Swingin' '70s, MGM's Logan's Run exists on an ethereal plane prior to the Star Wars supernova exploding into mainstream entertainment.

Released on June 23, 1976, right before America's bicentennial and heavily marketed with striking depictions of a gleaming domed utopia where life is grand if you're under 30, this sci-fi classic based on the best-selling novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson has had an amusing effect on cinephiles that has not diminished with time.

It was directed by veteran British filmmaker Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days, Orca, Operation Crossbow) with a glossy disco-era style and respect for the original 1967 source material.

Besides the impressive set design and SFX miniatures, Logan's Run features solid performances by Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Peter Ustinov, Farrah Fawcett, and Roscoe Lee Browne as the evil chrome robot, Box.

A remake has been rumored for years, at one time with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star as the rebellious Sandman, Logan 5. One of the latest plans with X-Men's Simon Kinberg on board to write and produce was envisioned as a Hunger Games-like franchise. It's now been passed to Ryan J. Condal, who co-created USA's Colony.

To refresh your memory and reset your lifeclock, enter the tainted paradise of Logan's Run with our informative retrospective of this oft-forgotten classic and tell us if you'd welcome a new Hollywood reboot.

 

Additional material by Jeff Spry.