With X-Men: Dark Phoenix due for a November 2nd release, director Simon Kinberg – a producer and writer for the X-Men franchise since 2006’s The Last Stand – already has his next project lined up. From a script by Hunger Games writer Peter Craig, Kinberg has signed on to direct the remake of 1976’s Logan’s Run, originally starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter. Directed by Michael Anderson, the film was a box office hit at the time, grossing $25 million that helped bring MGM – the studio that produced it – out of debt. Warner Bros. has been working to get a remake off the ground for some time now, and finally have an opportunity to do so following the success of Blade Runner 2049.
Logan’s Run was unofficially remade in 2005 when Michael Bay released The Island, which some consider to be one of his best films. That said, the film was a rare box office flop, grossing just $35 million dollars domestically on a budget of more than $125 million. Audiences weren’t as interested in original sci-fi movies at the time, and the recent resurgence of genre films – culminating in Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Get Out earlier this week – has given studios more faith in these stories. And with Kinberg in the director’s chair, the studio is probably going to shell out some serious money for this project.
Given the comparisons to Blade Runner 2049, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to go with Ryan Gosling in the lead role, especially since fans have been campaigning for him to get the role since the project was first announced. Gosling’s ability to engage audiences with blank and mostly emotionless characters has made him an unofficial go-to when studios need a humanoid or cyborg-like actor in the lead role. Logan’s Run has a good chance of succeeding in the current sci-fi climate, especially with Netflix originals like Black Mirror finding a huge audience in the US. We’re pretty confident about this project, and it seems like Warner Bros. is, too.
According to a synopsis of the original film:
In the year 2274, young residents enjoy an idyllic, hedonistic lifestyle within the protective confines of a domed city. The general belief is that when each person turns 30, they are reincarnated for another blissful life cycle. Those who know the much darker truth become “runners” and flee to a hidden sanctuary. When law enforcement officer Logan (Michael York) goes undercover to locate the refuge, he winds up instead trying to initiate a revolution with runner Jessica (Jenny Agutter).
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Source: Geek Tyrant