Carl Rinsch Departs ‘Logan’s Run’ for ’47 Ronin’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:46 am,

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Ridley Scott protege (and future son-in-law?) Carl Rinsch was set to direct the remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros., with 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland already at work on a script.

Now, according to Heat Vision, Rinsch is no longer attached to the Logan’s Run remake, due to conflict with another project he has on his slate: Universal’s adaptation of the popular Japanese legend, 47 Ronin.

If you don’t know about Rinsch, he started out as a commercial director whose sci-fi-inspired ads lured him into the good graces of Ridley and Tony Scott (dating Ridley’s daughter helped too, I’m sure). In fact, Sir Ridley initially tapped Rinsch to direct the upcoming Alien prequels but Fox wasn’t too comfortable with that idea. Rinsch didn’t twist in the wind long, though, landing directorial duties on both 47 Ronin and Logan’s Run. He also directed a sci-fi short called The Gift that has sparked a small bidding war, and planted Rinsch firmly on Hollywood’s radar. (Watch The Gift HERE if you haven’t already.)

When it was initially announced that Rinsch would be helming the new Logan’s Run – about a future in which people are sacrificed when they turn age thirty – it was assumed that the project was still a ways off; at least that it wouldn’t go into production until Rinsch was done with 47 Ronin, a legendary story about 47 Samurai who embarked on mission to avenge their slain master. Keanu Reeves will star in Ronin.

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An artist rendering of the '47 Ronin' legend.

Ultimately, Universal pulled ahead with its production on Ronin, greenlighting the feature, nailing down a release date, a script, scout locations and concept art. Rinsch apparently couldn’t keep both films on his slate and chose Ronin as his directorial debut.

This of course leaves the Logan’s Run remake without a director, though names like Bryan Singer, James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin) and Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) have been previously rumored for the position. I’m sure we’ll be hearing about a new director for the Logan’s Run remake in coming weeks.

Rinsch’s 47 Ronin will be in theaters on November 21, 2012.

Source: Heat Vision

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  1. I hope the Logan’s Run remake just dies. too many other original scripts could be green lit in its place.

  2. If there’s one movie that’s so dated visually I could look forward to being remade, it’s Logan’s Run. It’s a good idea, just hope they take it seriously and not cheese it up.

  3. I hope Singer takes this back.

  4. Just spoke with William F. Nolan (co-author of the book) last week about this remake. He wrote an entirely new screenplay, which the studio dismissed out of hand.
    Several important parts of the book were left out of the original film, such as Lastday at 21, not 30. This would make a much more shocking impression on a 13-year old than dying at 30. There’s a lot of sex and shock in the book and action that gets stopped by the old man character (brilliantly played by Peter Ustinov) that isn’t in the book.
    This is a movie that NEEDS remaking, but PLEASE stick to the book this time. It would be a much bigger hit with the social networking set and the moviegoing demographic, since they’re exactly the people that are aimed for in the book.
    If you’ve never read it, do yourself a favor and get a dog-eared $1 version of the paperback and READ IT. (Or do Bill a favor and buy a brand spanking new copy from Amazon if you can afford it.) Then you’ll see why the novel demands a new film be made and that it be adhered to.
    And the ending he wanted for the movie was totally different, and would have been much more appropriate, but I won’t spoil it for you.

    • Wow! I will have to read the book then.

      But I have serious doubts that a remake will adhere more closely to the book.

      I remember the high hopes I had for the Dune remake on the SyFy channel. Then I remember how disappointed I was that they also departed from the book even for the remake.

      Some edgy things work better in a book than they do in a visual medium.

  5. Logan’s run was a great movie.. Its ashame they are putting it on the back burning.. This movie came out 30 years ago and has predicted what could be 100′s of years away.. At the end of the movie when Logan made the computer crash… I wonder if the computer was setup to do this on purpose . it would make sense if after 200+ years of living in a nuclear slaughter world that the radiation would be gone.. So maybe that is why the computer crashed, not Logan fighting it.. Oh well great movie for its time

  6. I was excited for this :(

    I have not actually seen the movie adaptation, but I have recently been obsessed with Dystopian literature and read Logans Run a few months back. I LOVED it

    Hoping for a decent remake, as I have heard the original movie departs significantly from the book

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