That Logan's Run remake is still alive and has a new writer

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Jun 1, 2016, 6:29 PM EDT

Believe it or not, that long-developing new version of Logan's Run is approaching the age of termination.

As Empire points out, a new film based on George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan's classic 1967 novel has been in the works since the mid-1990s -- which would make the project roughly around the same age, 21, as that at which the members of the book's totalitarian society get exterminated to keep the population under control.

But even though the remake is close to the time at which it has to report to a Sleepshop (or Carousel, if you want to go by the 1976 movie adaptation), it appears that yet another screenwriter has had the project passed to him: Ryan J. Condal, a TV producer who co-created the USA Network sci-fi series Colony with Carlton Cuse (Lost).

Condal -- who's also working with Cuse on a screen version of the video game Rampage -- is the latest in a long line of screenwriters and filmmakers who have tried to craft a Logan's Run script that Warner Bros. Pictures feels good enough about to give the green light to. 

That list includes Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Bryan Singer (X-Men and Superman Returns), Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation), Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse) and even Bioshock game developer Ken Levine.

The novel is in many ways ready-made for the movies: It's a linear chase thriller, set in a decadent yet compelling future world, with a fairly straightforward arc for its main character and lots of action. Why it's been two decades and no one seems able to make an acceptable screenplay out of that remains a mystery. But the story itself remains relevant, so let's hope that Condal could be the one to finally get it right. Otherwise we'll be writing a new version of this news item a year from now when the next poor sap screenwriter is announced.