For years, the question of when another big-screen version of William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson's 1967 novel Logan's Run would hit theaters has remained unanswered. After all, the project -- which was previously adapted for the screen in 1976 -- has been in the works over at Warner Bros. since the early 1990s.
More recently, producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg has been attached to write a story and treatment for the film. In recent years, Kinberg has been involved in several films within the sci-fi genre, most notably his work on the X-Men franchise. Now, he has opened up about the plans for the Logan's Run remake, which now seem far more ambitious than they originally seemed.
In an interview with Collider, Kinberg reveals that Warner Bros. intends for the upcoming Logan's Run remake to serve as the launchpad for a franchise in the vein of recent dystopian hits like The Hunger Games. Here's what he had to say about the film's status and the strategy involved:
"We are talking to directors for that movie [right now]… It definitely is [a priority for the studio]. It’s something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise that is about a younger audience for a younger audience with a big idea. And Logan’s Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and so many of these books and movies now. So yeah, they’re seeing it as a potentially really big franchise."
As Kinberg points out, Logan's Run was one of the many predecessors to inspire Katniss Everdeen's story, and with the final installment of that franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, hitting this week, the timing couldn't be better for Warner Bros. to accelerate plans for a series based around the property. However, Kinberg assures fans that his knowledge of the studio's game plan isn't influencing his focus on this introduction to the world and its characters.
"I mean, it’s a little bit like what I was saying about the X-Men movies. There is some thought about what the future films would be and where you could take Logan in future movies, but the focus is on 'Make a great movie.' It was 'Let’s make one great movie that people fall in love with but be prepared that if they do, we could make future films and what would they look like and where would you go again with the character in the next film?'"
In an age ruled by franchises and shared universes, it's not hard to imagine audiences getting caught up in Logan's Run enough to want to see more. Luckily for Warner Bros., there is plenty of additional source material they can draw from, as Nolan followed the first novel with two sequels and a 2001 novella. The author also has two more sequels in development as well, meaning that Kinberg can truly focus on adapting the first novel without wringing all the story potential out of the budding franchise. Moreover, that original 1976 film will be a major influence on the new version as well, Kinberg said.
"There’s a lot from the original movie [in the new film]. I love the original movie, and I think the storytelling in the original movie is pretty wonderful. The set up is great. I think there’s a lot of world creation that’s pretty awesome as well, though ultimately that’ll be the director’s domain. But yeah, there’s a lot from the original film in it, and then there’s a lot of—I guess I would call it reinterpretation from the original film rather than just a whole scale recreation."
The biggest obstacle that a new version of Logan's Run will likely encounter is an audience that is already so familiar with more modern takes on similar thematic ground (i.e. The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, The Divergent Series). Those young-adult dystopian adventures have become so popular with today's young moviegoers that a Logan's Run remake could come off like just another blatant cash-in on a popular sub-genre, despite the inaccuracy of that perspective. Likely, that situation contributed to the mediocre box office of Ender's Game in 2013, a film based on a 1985 novel that tracks a similar hero's journey as cinematic titans like Star Wars and Harry Potter. Only time will tell if audiences embrace a new big-screen Logan's Run, but regardless, this is certainly one for moviegoers to watch.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on Logan's Run as this story develops.