Carl Erik Rinsch Signs To Direct ‘Logan’s Run’ Remake

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm,

As Ridley Scott’s protege, Carl Erik Rinsch has made quite an impression in Hollywood over the past few months. He came close to directing the upcoming Alien prequel (before those duties were passed on to Scott himself), and more recently sparked a studio bidding war for a feature length version of his short film The Gift. Now Rinsch has signed on to direct another high profile sci-fi property: the long-gestating remake of Logan’s Run.

Bryan Singer was famously attached to direct this remake back in 2004, but he left the project to direct Superman Returns. Since Singer’s departure, Logan’s Run has been in the hands of other directors – most notably V for Vendetta helmer James McTeigue and Tron Legacy rookie director Joseph Kosinski. Rinsch clearly has a gifted eye for science fiction, and Logan’s Run seems like a project where he can truly show off his talents.

According to Heat Vision, it will still be a while before we see this adaptation on the big screen. Rinsch is attached to direct Keanu Reeves in a film called 47 Ronin for Universal, and is also tweaking the story for Small, his feature length version of The Gift. The time table is unclear regarding when the Logan’s Run remake will actually go into production, and now that a director has been signed, Warner Bros. is also tasked with finding a writer to rewrite the script.

I recently watched Logan’s Run for the first time, and while the special effects don’t necessarily hold up very well, it’s easy to see the impact the film has had on cinematic science fiction. Michael Bay’s 2005 movie The Island is probably the most recent film clearly influenced by Logan’s Run.

The 1976 futuristic film takes place in a society where everyone is unknowingly sacrificed when they turn thirty years old. Enforcers called Sandmen capture “runners,” people who try to escape their sacrifice. When Logan discovers the truth, he becomes a runner himself.

Do you think Rinsch is the right guy to retell the Logan’s Run story on the big screen?

Source: Heat Vision

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  1. I have never seen the movie but I am reading the novel at the moment. Its a great story! I am currently obsessed with dystopian themed novels and this is definitely up there with the best of them, I hope he does the book justice

    • Major differences between book and film, which means plenty of scope for a remake. Don’t bother with the two sequels – they’re terrible! Bluewater Comics are publishing a Logan’s Run adaptation at the moment: I’ve got the first two issues and it’s kind of a hybrid of the movie and the novel. The art’s not great but overall it’s worth a look.

      Dystopian novels: assuming you’ve done the “big three” (1984, Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451), have you read Philip K Dick’s The Man In The High Castle? Set in North America under occupation after being defeated by Japan and Germany in WWII. Classic mind-bender. Or Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison? Filmed as Soylent Green, and as with Logan’s Run changed substantially in the process. Also Super-Cannes by JG Ballard, which delves into the psychopathology of an elite gated community.

      • Comicwise there’s Bryan Talbot’s The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright and Heart Of Empire, set in a parallel world where the English monarchy was never restored after the Civil War, and Alan Moore’s V For Vendetta.

  2. There is no sanctuary,,,

    ^

    Lame,
    the original can’t be topped!

  3. Hey Shamose, check out THX-1138 (the directors cut) if your into distopian films. That’s the genesis!

    That’s the film that inspired the movie treatment for “Logans Run.”

  4. Hey 790, cheers for that I will check it out :)

  5. Ben, “unknowingly sacrificed” makes it sound as though no one knows they’re going to die at 30! All the population’s unaware of is that “Renewal” after death in Carousel is a lie. Also, Sandmen don’t take prisoners, and Logan only becomes a runner after the Sandman computer effectively makes him one by turning his palm crystal red and sending him off to find Sanctuary.

    • @BigD
      I was going to point that out, that Logan becomes a runner because the computer changed his status to go through renewal and for him to become a runner to find Sancuary.

      The original will be hard to beat. Since the director has not done a mainstream movie before, I am concerned. Hopefully he can pull it off.

      • Yeah, I liked The Gift, but this needs to be on a massive scale whether he’s following the “whole-world” scenario of the novel or the “domed city” of the original movie. That’ll be a steep learning curve!

  6. Also an instant classic is the film nobodies seen, 2008′s “SLEEP DEALER”

    Very cool distopian film from south of the border. I think everyone here would dig the film. It portrays a shocking view of a social networked world.

    One that I’m sure Google and Twitter are dreaming about!

  7. If Logan’s Run is remade I just hope it’s not made into another teenage crap-fest for quick cash. The original was dated in effects but at least it had a story despite it’s flaws. Keep it mature and dark but not too dark as done with that movie ‘The Road’ that movie was just too depressing.

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