Bioshock Creator Ken Levine Writing the Latest 'Logan's Run' Script
Finally some major progress on the long-awaited Logan's Run remake. Warner Bros has been developing a reboot of the sci-fi classic Logan's Run, based on the 1967 novel turned into a 1976 movie. It initially had Nicolas Winding Refn attached for years, but he's no longer on-board and seemed pessimistic when I asked him about it in my interview. Deadline is reporting they've lined up a big name from the video game world to write a new script for the sci-fi remake - Ken Levine, the creative director and co-founder of Irrational Games, behind the incredible BioShock series. Levine was named one of the "Storytellers of the Decade" by Game Informer. His career began as a screenwriter and playwright and he's venturing back for this project.
The news only mentions that Levine has been hired to "write the screenplay" for the studio. That's all they say besides all the basic details about the Logan's Run project, which was in development with Ryan Gosling and Winding Refn before things fell apart and Gosling moved on. Now it sounds like they're trying to get a "fresh take" on things and have turned to Levine to revamp the screenplay. Having played both BioShock and BioShock Infinite, those are beautifully detailed worlds and he should be able to at least help develop a uniquely deep, futuristic world for a great sci-fi story to be told in. We'll keep watch on this project closely.
For those who haven't seen it, the original Logan's Run followed Logan 5 (played by Michael York), a man living in a futuristic world where life is limited and when you reach the age of 30, life is terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as Carousel. But Logan tries to outrun his fate and live his full life with his new female friend Jessica at his side. It's a fun sci-fi classic, but could be revamped in very exhilarating and modern ways in the hands of a filmmaker with both visual and storytelling prowess. I would've liked to see Refn's version, but I'm still as optimistic with Levine working on it. And I'd kill to get my hands on his new script once it's finished, just to see what his take is all about. He could be exactly what Logan's Run needed.