‘BioShock’ Video Game Creator Ken Levine To Pen ‘Logan’s Run’ Remake

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Warner Bros. has been trying to mount a remake of the 1976 dystopian sci-fi film Logan’s Run for a long, long time. As writers (Alex Garland, Will Beall),  and directors (Bryan Singer, Carl Erik Rinsch) were announced and then quietly moved on, the project seemed to have a real chance when Nicholas Winding Refn and his Only God Forgives star Ryan Gosling signed on to direct and star, respectively.

Then Gosling dropped out, presumably followed by Refn (who later confirmed that the project is on hold). The remake seemed to be indefinitely stalled.

Now, however, Deadline reports that Ken Levine – creator of the blockbuster BioShock video game franchise – has been chosen to pen the new Logan’s Run.

Logan’s Run marks Levine’s first move outside the game industry in a long time. After attempting a screenwriting career, he worked as a game designer for Looking Glass Studios. He and two co-workers left Looking Glass to establish Irrational Games in 1997, releasing System Shock 2 in 1999 as its first title.

2007′s BioShock arrived to massive success and near-universal acclaim, cementing Levine’s status as a one of the game industry’s most prominent creative directors. This year’s sequel, BioShock: Infinite, has also received near-universal critical praise.

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Like the original film, the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson takes place in a future society in which all citizens are required to die at a certain age – 21 in the book, 30 in the movie. When one of the enforcers of this rule, Logan-5 (Michael York), finds himself scheduled for termination, he attempts to escape the self-contained domed city where everyone lives. The film took only the basic premise from the book, changing many details and plot points.

While the original Logan’s Run hasn’t aged well (the pastel 70′s depiction of what was then considered futuristic), there are clear parallels to its universe and that of BioShock’s – the core concepts both explore a society in which a strict ideology appears to have run amok.

It remains to be seen whether or not Refn is still aboard. He’s a director who likes to flirt with multiple projects, and while he is still slated to remake Barbarella for television, he’s also involved with an adaptation of the comic book series The Incal. It’s widely expected that Refn will follow Gosling and bow out, but there has been no official confirmation, yet.

Logan’s Run is reported to be close to Levine’s heart, and his standing in the video game community gives this once-ailing project some real momentum. Expect more details to emerge soon.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Instead of a new sci-fi story, another remake of a classic.

    • Who cares?! Ken Levine is writing the story!

  2. ‘Bioshock’ was ’07, Sir. (’08 for the PS3). Sequel, which wasn’t a Levine game, was ’10.

    There endeth my nerd.


    • We don’t talk about that second Bioshock game. That never happened. Ever.

      • I presume you also don’t talk about its much improved gameplay mechanics and level design either. :/

        • GET OUT!
          I’m kidding just a joke from Zero Punctuation

  3. Wow, good for Mr. Levine. Infinite was pretty special I must say.

  4. Holy s*** this is happening.

  5. Logan’s Run could be good since I agree the FX of the original were poor and the story bore little resemblance to the book.

    Problem is, knowing Hollywood, they will do their best to interject some needless plot twist just to be new and different while falling flat like most of those that have come before; Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night, Flight of the Phoenix, Total Recall, Nightmare on Elm Street, Day the Earth Stood Still, and many many more.

    • Well, I liked Conan and thought it was closer to the original stories than the Arnie movie and I’m pretty sure that Total Recall was also closer to the source material than the Arnie version was.

      Keanu’s “The Day My Face Stood Still” was an allegory for climate change while the original was about the threat of nuclear war.

      Some changes have to happen and with a Logan’s Run remake, as stated, the effects and sets these days look p***-poor by modern standards so a remake is a good thing.

      • Conan – actually both were equally poor (but in different ways) at representing the character, culture and atmosphere of the books.

        Total Recall – Remake was further away from the novella. Funny thing is, it had more in common with the Arnie version than the story it supposedly came from!

        Day the Earth Stood Still – The new one wasn’t about climate change, it was about how we as Humans did a piss poor job at managing our planet. Klaatu was going to wipe us off the planet to ensure Earth’s survival.

  6. Hell I am game give me a role!!

  7. Been waiting on this project forever!!!!!!!!!!!! Please don’t F@U#K it Up!

  8. I hope they give Ken Levine the freedom to take the script in a new direction rather then making him follow the script word to word, he wrote Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite but if anything they showed that Ken is really on he’s game when he’s given creative freedom. I just hope Warner Bros are smart enough to understand that.

  9. Didn’t they do a remake a few years ago. It was called “The Island” with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson.