Warner Bros is really hoping you remember the original Logan’s Run. Also, that you don’t remember the original Logan’s Run, since they’re changing pretty much everything about it.
Ryan Condal, co-creator and showrunner for the USA television show Colony, has been tapped to write the screenplay for the remake based on a treatment by X-Men scribe Simon Kinberg. Kinberg’s treatment is said to adhere more closely to the original novel than the 1976 film starring Michael York (undoubtedly known to most millennial readers as Basil Exposition from the Austin Powers movies).
For those unfamiliar with the story, Logan’s Run is set in a dystopian future society where men and women are executed at the age of 21 in order to preserve resources on an overpopulated Earth. The titular Logan is a “Sandman,” a hunter charged with tracking down and killing “Runners,” members of the population who try to avoid their required execution. On his own “Lastday” (the day he turns 21 and is required to report for execution), he ends up as a Runner himself.
The original film deviated from the source material in a number of ways, among them a changeing the setting to a domed city among a post-apocalyptic landscape and a raise in the age limit from 21 to 30 years old.
Previous writers hired and dismissed from the remake include Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Dredd), Will Beall (Gangster Squad), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Edge of Tomorrow). Previous directors considered for the project and ultimately passed on include the likes of Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon).
In a recent interview, Kinberg stated that he envisions Logan’s Run becoming a Hunger Games-esque multiple-film franchise. Because of course he does.
Also, showing that Hollywood would rather drive a concept into the ground rather than produce a faithful adaptation of a classic story, it is rumored that Warner Bros is looking to gender-swap the lead role and turn Logan female. Because the best way to bring a celebrated sci-fi classic to the screen is to make sure it’s exactly like The Hunger Games and the Divergent series.
This is why we can’t have nice things, people.