Will the Logan’s Run Remake Ever Actually Happen?
A Logan’s Run remake has been kicking around Hollywood for quite a while now, suffering through development hell, though execs are hoping a new writer may finally get the project kicked into gear.
For those keeping track, this new film version of George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan’s classic 1967 science fiction novel has been in development since the mid 90s, or roughly twenty years. That means it’s basically the same age that members of the book’s totalitarian society were selected for extermination in order to maintain population control.
But in an effort to save this project from reporting to the Sleepshop (or Carousel, according to the 1976 film adaptation) a new screenwriter has been assigned to the project. Stepping up to the plate is Ryan J. Condal, a producer / writer who co-created USA Network’s sci-fi series Colony with Carlton Cuse, in addition to writing episodes for the series. Condal, also currently working with Cuse on a movie adaptation of the video game Rampage, is the latest in a growing fraternity of screenwriters and filmmakers who have all tried their best to get the Logan’s Run remake off the ground.
Previous members of this sad frat include Bryan Singer (X-Men, X:2, Superman Returns) Christopher McQuarrie (Edge Of Tomorrow) Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse), Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion), Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), and even Ken Levine, best known for his work developing the Bioshock games.
For a novel that seems as ripe for adaptation as Logan’s Run, it’s a bit of a mystery why it’s taken this long to put together a serviceable screenplay, especially given the caliber of the many screenwriters and filmmakers who have come before. Here’s to hoping Condal discover’s the secret to making this one happen, as a new Logan’s Run remake should be a great time at the movies.