Logan's Run

Logan's Run remake lands Simon Kinberg to direct

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Mar 2, 2018

For a film that is about a dystopian future in which humans are only allowed to live a brief 21 years, it feels like the remake of Logan's Run has been in development for decades.

Although the project has seemingly been dormant recently, Deadline reports that a new team is being given a shot at bringing William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson's 1967 novel to the screen again. The book and original 1976 movie centered around Logan 5, a "Sandman" who is assigned to terminate anyone who tries to escape mandatory execution at the age of 21. When he hears rumors of a place called Sanctuary where "runners" can escape and live longer, he initially sets out to destroy it, but soon becomes a runner himself.

The writer now assigned to the project is Peter Craig, who's written scripts for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, among others. The new director is Simon Kinberg, who's making his debut behind the camera this year on X-Men: Dark Phoenix but has served as a writer and/or producer on most of Fox's Marvel-related projects, including almost every past and future X-Men movie, the Legion TV series, the 2015 Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. He also penned a treatment for Logan's Run himself three years ago, but was not in the mix at the time to direct.

Kinberg has also been associated with the Star Wars franchise since the early days. Shortly after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, he was announced as a writer for one of the standalone/spinoff films. That film was reportedly the Boba Fett prequel, which was abandoned when Disney fired director Josh Trank, but which was rumored to be coming back to life itself again late last year (Kinberg is also a producer on Star Wars Rebels).

As for Logan's Run, the 1976 film starred Michael York and diverged significantly from the novel (raising the age of death to 30, among other things). It was kind of cheesy for its time, but has endured as a semi-classic. Since development on a remake began in the mid-1990s, directors and writers who have taken a crack at it have included Bryan Singer (X-Men), Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow), Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), Alex Garland (Annihilation), and Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon), who even cast Ryan Gosling and Rose Byrne in the lead roles before that iteration went dark as well.

If Craig's script passes muster and Kinberg does direct, this might be his next project after completing Dark Phoenix. Could the Logan's Run remake finally see the light of day? It may have taken longer than its characters are allowed to live, but Sanctuary may be in sight.