Ryan Gosling to Star in ‘Logan’s Run’ Remake

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 9:42 am,

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).

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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.

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  1. I prefer the book over the film to no end. Im hoping this “remake” is more like the book rather than a copy of the film

  2. Nice!

    Nicholas Winding Rfn is one the exciting up and coming directors around.

    Nice to see Gosling get to star in this remake also!

  3. Wowzers. Yet ANOTHER remake

    • There are 3 of 4 remake stories everyday now. It’s just absolutely crazy, the total lack of originality. I could knock out 10 original scripts in a week or two!

  4. Logan 5•
    Find remake,,,
    “There is no remake”
    Logan 5• clarify, remake,,,?
    “There is no remake”
    Logan 5•
    You have been designated to locate remake,,,
    There is no remake,,,
    There is no remake,,,
    There is no remake,,,
    Screw this remake!

  5. I hope that take great care into this project. Logans Run is one of my favorite sci-fi films. It’s a classic. The original film is very remember-able. If studios are to make a remake they need to take the time to bring it up to the quality of the original or even better. They should not rush things.

  6. While I really like Michael York in the original, the one thing the movie suffered from was a bad case of 70′s FX. Updating the FX and sticking closer to the original story could really make this movie work.

    • Judging old films on their effects is hardly fair.

      • I didn’t say it was bad did I? In fact I said I liked the main character which implies I liked it! Just saying that this is one of the few cases where doing a remake with state of the art FX and sticking to the book could actually turn into a worthwhile movie (as long as the script is good)

        Of course the horrid remake of Planet of the Apes proves that awesome FX and a crappy script still = a crappy movie.

      • In their defense, also, 1970s technology, IMHO, was not up to the task of Logan’s Run. The Devilsticks would have looked horrible. Nowadays, I think they could do a great job with the Logan’s Run source material.

        …and they could always do “Logan’s World” as a sequel–NOT!

  7. I’m just as sick of hearing the terms remake, reboot, reimagining, etc. as anyone – BUT this really is one film that could use an update. So many people are always complaining about Hollywood remaking classic films instead of trying to make a better version of something that was sort of mediocre. Well… here you go.

    Logan’s Run is a decent movie that made an absolute mess of a great book. Like I said in the article, the film still works for me. But there are a lot of new places they could go with the remake.

    It’s not like this is some music video director and Sam Worthington. This is a really interesting combination of talent. If you’re a sci-fi fan check out the book and I think you’ll see why some of us are already daydreaming about how awesome this might be.

  8. Most of the “Big Remakes” of the last 5-7 years have been hit or miss for me,mostly miss. It’s hard not to view them through “childhood memory enhanced glasses”, that’s why they kinda suck. Viewed as “inspired by” the plots seem weak and ideas reaching. My 2 cents.

  9. Logan’s Run was one of my favorite movies growing up. I can’t wait to see the remake I hope they do a good job!

  10. I’m one of “those” guys, who actually LIKES the jiggling props instead of CG effects of today. To me those old 70′s effects seems somehow more real, maybe because they were happening real-time at the filming.
    Hope hollywood takes a look at the long list of recent sad remakes before they shovel another out too quickly.

  11. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is what this movie is based on – it’s what makes it so archetypal ( and the movie was much better the the novella) – a retelling instead of a remake please

  12. The only thing the book and film had in common were the basic premise of Deep Sleep and the names.
    The novel is SHORT…you could literally film a single two hour or two and a half hour movie and cover practically everything in it.
    They missed out some very important content…the age of 21, why society was like it is, the way the world was run by computers, the importance of Ballard in the end. In the movie, he was shown as a doddering old man who didn’t really know what was going on…in the novel he was running the entire “runner” system and shipping people off to a colony in Mars orbit to live out a natural life span.
    The movie was good…but if it had been faithful to the book it would have been SO much better…

  13. This could work, but i would like to see more of a struggle to leave the city (and find the Ankh) it would make for a more interesting film, and add a lot of excitement and tension, the original was very good, and any remake should draw from that.