Ryan Gosling to Star in Logan's Run Remake
02.11.11 by BJSprecher
It looks like Ryan Gosling will be reuniting with his Drive (2010) director, Nicolas Refn, on his next project. According to Deadline, Gosling is "finalizing a deal" with Warner Bros. to star in Refn's remake of the classic 1976 sci-fi movie Logan's Run as Logan 5, a "Sandman" who puts to sleep (permanently) anyone who tries to evade the mandatory death sentence that awaits anyone turning 30 in the futuristic domed city in which the story takes place.
The original Logan's Run movie, which was based on the novel of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson about a civilization struggling to maintain its population and conserve resources following a global apocalypse, was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Michael York in the lead role of Logan 5. Here's the introduction to the 1976 movie:
Sometime in the 23rd century...the survivors of war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in an ecologically balanced world, mankind lives only for pleasure, freed by the servo-mechanisms which provide everything. There's just one catch: Life must end at thirty unless reborn in the fiery ritual of carousel.
In the original movie, Logan 5 is tasked by the Sandmen's central computer with tracking down and destroying "Sanctuary," a place believed to exist outside of the domed city, where "Runners"—those wishing to flee the death-at-30 sentence (21 in the novel by Nolan and Johnson)—are often running to when the Sandmen are sent after them. To help him infiltrate the society of Runners, the computer advances Logan 5's Lifeclock to it expiration date, making him a target of the Sandmen himself. He eventually escapes the confines of the domed city and discovers that the world outside is once again vibrant, healthy and perfectly livable. He returns to the domed city to report on his discovery, but the central computer can not compute the fact that Sanctuary does not exist and blows up, finally releasing the population out into the world.
The script for the remake was written by Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later, Sunshine and, most recently, the Judge Dredd adaptation, Dredd. Akiva Goldsman, Joel Silver and Kerry Foster are producing. Production is expected to begin in the fall.