Ryan Gosling Leaves Nicolas Winding Refn's Remake of 'Logan's Run'
Back when Drive was still on its way to theaters, director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling were already getting some other collaborations together for their future slate. Only God Forgives is in the midst of being completed, hopefully by December, but one other high profile project hasn't seen much development. The remake of the 1976 sci-fi flick Logan's Run seems to be at a standstill, and now it's just been dealt a big blow. Variety reporter Justin Kroll took to Twitter to announce, "Rough news for those Logan's Run fans, I can confirm Ryan Gosling is no longer attached to the project." But what about Refn?
There's no word on whether or not Refn will still direct the film written by Alex Garland (Sunshine, Dredd), adapted from on William F. Nolan's novel, though it would be nice to see him take on a film without Gosling again. However, the property never really seemed like it was a good fit for either talent, as they're more invested in gritty indie sort of fare. That doesn't mean Refn's take couldn't be spectacular. In fact, his filmmaking sensibilities would make it more desirable than if a bigger, generic name like Total Recall remake director Len Wiseman was taking on the project.
For those just joining us, the original Logan's Run followed Logan 5, a man living in a futuristic world where people are killed as soon as they reach 30 years old. But Logan tries to outrun his fate and live his full life. So if Gosling isn't up for the chase, then who is the right man for the job? I could see Chris Hemsworth taking the role, but that seems too easy. Justin Timberlake needs a decent sci-fi action film since In Time was a disaster. Or maybe he could give Rafe Spall (Prometheus) a chance to shine in a lead role. There's plenty of male talent out there who could pull this off, but we'll miss seeing Gosling in a role like this.