Yet another cult classic has been plucked from the cinematic ether to be reincarnated for modern audiences. 'Logan's Run'
- a remake of the 1967 sci-fi novel about a dystopian culture that maintains population control by scheduled executions at a certain age - is being slated for production by Warner Bros.
and producers Joel Silver
', 'V for Vendetta
') and Akiva Goldsman
('Mr. & Mrs. Smith
', 'I Am Legend
'). Ryan Gosling
has recently closed a deal to star as the title character, a role made popular by Michael York in the 1976 film.
The 1976 film (and to an extent the book upon which it was based) centers around a seemingly idyllic mega-city in which people are encouraged to enjoy life to the fullest. However, at a certain age the glowing gem (called a lifeclock) in the center of their palm turns from red to black, alerting them to report for execution in a quasi-religious ceremony called Carousel. Those who refuse and try to escape the city are deemed 'Runners', those who track them down and kill them are called 'Sandmen'. Logan - a Sandman - is given a clandestine mission by the central computer system to seek out and destroy a "Sanctuary" that is rumored to exist outside of the city. However - in doing so, his own lifeclock is prematurely turned dark, and he must also escape pursuit from his fellow Sandmen.
Writer Alex Garland
('28 Days Later
', 'Never Let Me Go
') has written a screenplay that is said to be much closer in tone and plot to the original novel by William F. Nolan
. While this project has been in development for over a decade, this is the first time that names have been signed to it and production has started to move forward. Honestly, with such a great writer working on the script, and it being produced by two of the best sci-fi/runner film producers in the business, this could actually turn out to be a really good remake. Of course, if they want to keep the hot, nubile, underwear-less women running around like they had in the original film... it couldn't hurt their odds.