’28 Days Later’ Writer to Pen ‘Logan’s Run’ Remake

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

Last month we heard the news that Ridley Scott’s protégé, Carl Erik Rinsch will direct the Logan’s Run remake. And now we’re hearing that the project is continuing to gather steam, with a screenwriter already being eyed.

Heat Vision Blog reports that Alex Garland is in negotiations to write the Logan’s Run remake. Garland has built a solid career for himself over the last decade, particularly when collaborating with director Danny Boyle on such films as The Beach in 2000, 28 Days Later in 2002 and Sunshine in 2007.

In case you’re not familiar with it, Logan’s Run takes place in a world where everyone is killed off when they reach 30 years of age. Those who try and evade their demise are known as “runners” and they are chased down by those known as “Sandmen.” The titular Logan is one of Sandmen who is forced to go on the run himself (see: Repo Men).

Most people will remember Logan’s Run from the 1976 movie starring Michael York and Farrah Fawcett, but it was originally a book written in 1967 by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson.

Supposedly the studio and producers Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are aiming to look back at the novel and not the film to make the new version. So technically this isn’t a remake (much in the same way as the Coen bros’ True Grit) but for most people that will probably be splitting hairs.

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The original Logan's Run novel

Logan’s Run is clearly a project WB is desperate to (re)make, although it’s taken over a decade to get to this stage. Directors such as Bryan Singer (who instead opted to do Superman Returns), James McTeigue (V For Vendetta), Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) and Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) have all been attached at various points over the years.

If Rinsch does end up directing along with Garland writing the script, I think they’re both well-suited to bringing a new Logan’s Run to the big-screen. Garland has experience with epic sci-fi from writing Sunshine, and even though Rinsch has only short films to his name (although he’s attached to a few upcoming projects, including 47 Ronin), it’s very encouraging that he almost directed the Alien prequel (before Ridley Scott took the reigns himself).

Do you reckon Garland is a good choice to write Logan’s Run? If not, who else would you like to see write the remake?

There’s no word yet on when we’ll see the Logan’s Run remake in theaters, but we’ll be sure to keep you apprised.

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Source: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. for the love of all that is good in the universe, please pull the plug on this project. it makes as much sense to remake this classic bit of sci-fi as it did to remake Rollerball.

    this will bomb at the box office.

  2. It will be made in modern terms, thus changing the storyline so badly, I agree, a bomb in the making.

    PS–The first film co-starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter. Farrah Fawcett was in it for maybe 5 to 10 minutes. Made an impression but still.

  3. I’m surprised no one’s holding up the abysmal TV show as some kind of untouchable cult classic. This could be to the original what the Dune miniseries was to the David Lynch movie, ie different but a far more faithful adaptation of the novel. I don’t have a problem with that. Whether Alex Garland is the right man for the job is another matter.

  4. This is a remake I can get behind.
    It’s a good concept, that, in the right hands, could do very well.
    The original film, although a departure from the book (which I read when I was probably too young), consisted of mostly bad sets and stairways of power stations, with the only really decent location set being the water sculpture in Dallas at the end (the same one as at the end of The Lathe of Heaven).
    The ventilation shafts and so forth put me in the mind of the wobbly sets of classic Dr. Who. Let’s see what Hollywood can come up with for this excellent idea.

  5. I’m looking forward to a Logan’s Run Remake but please keep it real and not into another 3D Disney quick cash routine as most films these days tend to become with few exceptions they are often a wasted effort. The original had a lot of potential of being something more but was limited due to finances and special effects of the time and studio infighting. A new version would more than make up for this flaw hopefully. A mature audience familiar with the original would know what to expect and couldn’t be conned into a kid crap version; at least I hope not! My advice to whomever decides to make a remake is to keep it real and mature in a wise manner not childish crap for the sake of humor thrown into the mix for nonsense sake. If anyone actually reads this and decides to reply to my comment let me know…