We're all going to get old before that Logan's Run remake hits the big screen.
That's because, for a concept that's all about youth, Logan's Run is taking a really long time to get back into theaters. A new version of the story was first announced back in 2005, with Bryan Singer directing, and although Singer is long gone, the project has still been in development all this time, with filmmakers like Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy), Carl Rinsch (47 Ronin) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) all attached at one stage or another.
The latest news finds Simon Kinberg, writer/producer on the X-Men movies, Fantastic Four, the Star Wars spinoffs and more, penning a treatment for the film in all that spare time he has on his hands. Kinberg told Collider that one of the things he hopes to achieve is to turn Logan's Run into the launching pad for a new franchise:
"It’s something that potentially is (Warner Bros') 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."
Was Logan's Run really an inspiration for The Hunger Games? I don't know about that, but with Logan's Run all about a society where no one lives past either 21 (in the novel) or 30 (in the 1976 film), clearly the studio sees an opportunity for a series of films featuring young hotties running around in futuristic costumes. Whether that has ends up having anything to do with the initial story and its themes remains to be seen.
On where he could see the story going after a first movie, Kinberg says:
"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?’"
William F. Nolan, co-author (with George Clayton Johnson) of the original novel, wrote two further books himself, Logan's World and Logan's Search, and let's not forget the short-lived if dreadful 1977 TV series. So it's not too much of a stretch to imagine taking the story into additional movies. But whether the property stays true to the source material is another question. Kinberg also hinted that his treatment uses "a lot from the original film," which itself took some pretty drastic liberties with the text.
Do you think a faithful, dynamic adaptation of Logan's Run can make it to the screen? Or will Hollywood try to turn it into the next Y/A dystopian "saga"?