The science fiction genre may be undergoing something of a renaissance in Hollywood these days, but that doesn't mean that every sci-fi property, reboot, or remake is getting fast-tracked. Even a film with as thrilling and ever-relevant a premise as Logan's Run isn't immune to the troubles of development Hell - but there may finally be some renewed progress at last.
Movement on the film may have altogether ceased since star Ryan Gosling dropped out of the titular role, and director Nicholas Winding Refn seemed to follow suit. But a recent report claims that Warner Bros. is in the process of re-working the film's story for a female lead, apparently hoping that a star actress is what's needed to get the project moving.
That report comes via Tracking Board, stating that the studio is currently seeking a new screenwriter - implying BioShock creative director Ken Levine's work on the script has ceased - intended to re-imagine the story for a female lead. It's currently unclear if a previous script will be re-worked, or started from scratch given the change (although why the studio wouldn't simply take a script and switch the lead character's gender is beyond us).
As the outlet notes, it isn't hard to see why Warner Bros. may think it worthwhile to build the story around a female Logan this time around. As big-budget, female-led films like The Hunger Games and Divergent (to name just two of a growing slate) have proven to be financial powerhouses, movie studios have done what they do best - made every effort to capitalize on a profitable trend.
Not every such move has been well-received by online commenters, with an all-female Ghostbusters seen by many as an affront to the (all-male) original series. Yet in the case of Logan's Run, the overall story and purpose of the original novel had little to do with the actual sex of Logan. Spawned out of the 1960s 'free love' revolution, the novel's dystopian future society - in which every citizen is executed once they reach the age of 30 - was a criticism of contemporary government and culture.
As one of the 'runners' tasked with chasing down and eliminating those citizens who attempt to escape their fate, Logan sees the tables turned when his own birthday arrives, and he becomes the runner. Since most modern remakes of 1970s-era science fiction tend to shed the more political themes in favor of big screen visual effects and sci-fi spectacle, the gender of the leading character may be a small factor in the resulting film.
To date, the project has passed through several writers, including Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Will Beall (Gangster Squad), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation). Not to mention the directors, including Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy), who have been attached to the remake with nothing to show for it.
If changing the lead role to a woman is what Warner Bros. needs to spur the project out of stagnation, then so be it. Because to this point, it has seemed most likely that the film would inevitably be scrapped altogether.
What do you make of the report? Would you be interested to see a Logan's Run remake benefiting from modern special effects, regardless of who ends up starring?
Source: Tracking Board