The reboot model of filmmaking is stronger than ever, and it looks like Logan's Run, a 1976 sci-fi film based on a novel of the same name, is next in line to get a second chance with a modern audience. Warner Bros. has reportedly closed a deal to bring the project to life and has signed on both a writer and a director to bring Logan's Run to the movie theater once again.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has been developing a Logan's Run reboot for a few years now and finally closed a deal to kickstart the project this week. The goal is to replicate the success of the Ryan Gosling-fronted Blade Runner 2049 from Denis Villeneuve, and to garner the buzz of Ready Player One, which releases later this month. This is particularly interesting because while Blade Runner 2049 was an awesome sequel, it flopped pretty hard financially. So, Warner Bros. essentially wants a movie with the critical backing of Blade Runner 2049, but the marketing of Ready Player One.
To do this, Warner Bros. has recruited writer Peter Craig to pen the screenplay. Arguably the biggest films Craig has written are Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2, but he has also written Ben Affleck's The Town, the recently released 12 Strong. He'll also be directing the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. But Craig won't be alone! Simon Kinberg is reportedly on board to direct Logan's Run. Kinberg's name will be familiar to X-Men fans. He's been an influential producer and driver of the franchise and will be stepping into the director's chair for the first time with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. As far as his directing career goes, this is a pretty big step for Kinberg.
For those who may not know, Logan's Run is a sci-fi film from the 70s directed by Michael Anderson and based on the novel written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The movie is set in a dystopian future where mankind lives in a cluster of sealed domes. Society is run by a computer that takes care of all aspects of life, creating a hedonistic lifestyle. However, in order to control resources and overpopulation, anyone who turns 30 is vaporized and "reborn." Anyone who tries to escape this is called a Runner and it's the responsibility of the Sandmen to hunt them down and kill them. Logan 5 is one such Sandman, but a chance encounter with a girl leads him to become a Runner and search for the fabled Sanctuary.
That's some solid talent that Warner Bros. has assembled but keep checking in with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you informed on everything happening with the project.