A remake of the 1976 sci-fi hit Logan’s Run has languished in development hell for almost twenty years, but it looks like the project might finally be gaining some much needed traction.

Since the mid-90s, several notable filmmakers have been attached at various points including Bryan Singer, Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy), and Carl Erik Rinsch.

Rinsch departed the production earlier this year to focus on Universal’s upcoming adaptation of 47 Ronin, which unfortunately sent Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver back to square one with Logan’s Run. However, it looks like Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson) has been brought on board to help steer the project back on track – and Deadline is reporting that  he’s already found his leading man.

Evidently, WB is finalizing a deal with Ryan Gosling to star in the film. Although Gosling is known primarily for his work in indie films (like the incredible Blue Valentine), he recently worked with Refn on the upcoming heist film Drive and Deadline claims that the chance to reunite with the edgy filmmaker played a large part in his decision to join Logan’s Run.

The original film depicted a futuristic utopia where the consumption of resources was regulated by executing citizens when they reached the age of 30. Michael York played Logan 5, a “Sandman” tasked with hunting down anyone who tried to escape their death sentence. The film borrowed its basic premise (but not much else) from the 1967 novel of the same name by authors William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson.

Earlier attempts at the Logan’s Run remake were said to blend elements from the original movie and the novel, but at this point it’s unclear which direction this version will take (or if they’re even still using the most recent script by Alex Garland).

Michael York as Logan 5 in the original ‘Logan’s Run’.

The 1976 version is definitely an above average sci-fi/action film, but it had the great misfortune of coming out one year before a little movie called Star Wars. The late 70s/early 80s wound up becoming a high point of the sci-fi genre and as a result, Logan’s Run was rather unceremoniously dismissed.

As far as remakes go, I have to admit that this is not one I’m adverse to – especially with Refn calling the shots. I’ve been following his career since the Pusher series and although he’ll probably strike some as an odd match for this property, I can’t wait to see what he does with it. The same goes for Gosling, who is immensely talented.

The original Logan’s Run still works for me, but I’m pretty intrigued by the notion of a darker and more epic telling of the story. It’s such a great hook and with these two involved, it has a tremendous amount of potential.

Source: Deadline.