Logan's Run

A remake of Logan’s Run or, more properly, a new adaptation of William F. Noland and George Clayton Johnson‘s novel, has been in the works for a long time. Warner Bros. and Joel Silver are now moving ahead with a 3D take on the story, to be directed by Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch.

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Logan's Run

Last week it was revealed that commercial director and  Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch is in talks to direct a remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros/Joel Silver. MTV got a chance to talk to Silver who was promoting Splice this week, and the mega-producer confirms that the upcoming remake is being developed as a 3D movie, and should be shot with 3D cameras.

“I’d like to make ‘Logan’s Run’ [in 3-D],” he said. “It’s a movie I’ve always been intrigued with, excited by. We’re writing a script now and that should be a big 3-D movie and it should be devised and shot in 3-D. I think if we can pull it together, then it would be.”

Silver says he would also like to shoot his in development adaptation of Lobo in 3D as well. Yeah, well isn’t that true of every movie in production these days? But much like Tron Legacy, Logan’s Run seems like a natural choice for a 3D presentation.

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Carl Erik Rinsch To Direct Logan’s Run

Logan's Run

Commercial director and  Ridley Scott protege Carl Erik Rinsch is in talks to direct a remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros/Joel Silver. I think this is the perfect project for Rinsch, who in my mind, has always been destined for a effects-heavy sci-fi feature debut.

You might recognize Rinsch’s name as he was originally tapped to direct a prequel/remake of Alien, but Fox convinced/pushed Ridley Scott to helm the project himself. I was one of the few people actually interested in Rinsch’s involvement. Rinsch’s commercials show an amazing sense of imagination, visual effects artistry and composition. We’ve profiled his amazing commercials on the site, more than once. If you havent checked his television spots out yet, you should do so now.

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Okay so Logan’s Run has finally found a director, but who the hell is Joseph Kosinski anyway? Well for starters, he hasn’t directed a feature film. So why don’t we check out some of his commercial work after the jump. You will be amazed.

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Logan’s Run Finally Finds a Director

Logan's Run PosterCommercial director Joseph Kosinski has signed on to make his feature film debut with a big screen remake of Logan’s Run. Bryan Singer was originally attached to the project, and even got as far as to pre-visualize (think moving 3d storyboards) the project before he got pulled away to make Superman Returns.

Logan’s Run is one of those 1970’s sci-fi movies that clearly wasn’t afraid to be a sci-fi film. Nowadays, there seems to be a lack of movies willing to go all out in the sci-fi department (and the ones that do usually are made for low budgets with crappy scripts for cable networks like the Sci-Fi channel). We live in the Lost and Heroes generation, where high concept sci-fi and fantasy are thought of as the high concept catch for the low concept character stories. Not that this is a bad thing. I’m always the first one to stick up for Lost when the topic comes up. And sure, Logan’s Run had a very human story, but it made little to no concessions in order to reach a more mainstream demographic.

The 1976 film is actually based on a 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The plot involved a dystopian future society in which population and the consumption of resources is managed and maintained in equilibrium by the simple expediency of killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty, thus neatly (and inhumanely) avoiding the issue of overpopulation which was of growing concern at the time. Those who try to escape their destiny are known as a “Runners”, and is hunted down by operatives known as Sandmen. The main character of the story is a Sandman named Logan who makes a run for it.

When Singer was attached to the film, I had hoped that they would go with a full-on sci-fi approach. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the project will take on a low-tech science fiction future closer to the book than the 1976 movie:

“The new film will tackle idea of the “greater good” and people devoting themselves to an ideology blindly, while keeping the novel’s concepts of runners, Sanctuary and gangs outside the system. Kosinski came into Warners with a presentation that included graphic art and animated previsualization that set the look, color, tone and style of the movie he wanted to make.”

I’m still hoping for the best. Check out some of Joseph Kosinski’s commercial work at this link.