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Gosling's Run! Sci-fi remake gets a new star and director!

Published at: Feb. 10, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little news on the long in development remake/reboot/"renewal" of Logan's Run. For a long while Bryan Singer was going to do a new spiffy version of the seminal sci-fi tale about a society whose inhabitants knock off everybody who hits the age of 30.

If they wanted to be really accurate to the material they would have "renewed" Logan's Run in 2006, on its 30th Anniversary.

But that being said, the package they have now is a pretty impressive gathering of talent. BRONSON director Nicolas Winding Refn is attached to direct Ryan Gosling as Logan from a script by Alex "28 Days Later" Garland, says THR's Heat Vision Blog.

I have a big soft spot for the original '70s film, but I see how there could be room in this great big world for a seriously handled remake. The script promises to be truer to the original William F. Nolan book than the Michael York movie, but that's kind of the standard go to line for remakes these days, right? Kinda like back when Superhero movies first started being big and everybody was suddenly a life-long fan of everything being made and would "respect the material." Which did and didn't happen in equal amounts.

But I got a good feeling with that director, writer and star. You?

-Quint
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  • Feb. 10, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that's a killer line-up.

    by blackwood

    Colour me intrigued.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Now, see, THIS is a movie that I'm ready to see remade

    by WriteForTheEdit

    The original is fun, but it's hardly a classic. The novel is so much darker, and fairly kinky, as I recall? Remember the series? Heather Menzies (sp?) FTW!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Refn also did VALHALLA RISING.

    by blackwood

    Which was like CONAN directed by Terrence Malick.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Jenny Agutter

    by m.dung

    My first on-screen tits. You can't forget something like that. Yum...

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    It's a shame Singer won't direct

    by Redhead_Redemption

    He basically left a sweet deal at fox with the x-men franchise to take over WB very faulted new superman movie in the promise that WB would allow him to direct Logans run. Singer basically took a bullet to get his dream job and then he doesn't even get rewarded for it. At least he's made amends with FOx and the X-men crew, but i still wish he'd done the run

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE ISLAND had a bit of a LOGANS RUN vibe for the first 40 minutes.<p> But then sadly the next 40 minutes were awfuk.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    One of the few originals that....

    by thot

    ....really could benefit from a remake. always loved logan's run, even in its pre-star wars fx, somewhat camp-tastic-ness!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    James Earl Jones for Box!

    by SilentBob X

    I wouldn't complain about remaking this as it's hardly a 'classic'. Fun film, and nice boobage, but a remake wouldn't kill any love for it.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Suddenly a lifelong fan of everything ever made

    by RaptorJesus

    That's Harry's reviews in a nutshell.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    ditto on Jenny Agutter's tits

    by ATARI

    I think part of me is still in love with her.<br>

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    One thing that will never be equaled

    by BillEmic

    is Michael York's amazing hair in the original.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Last months' GQ

    by BlaGyver

    had a great interview with Ryan Gosling. Dude comes across as absolutely awesome.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling is kind of ...

    by golden tribw

    the man.<br><br>Not on the level of the greats (Connery, Eastwood, Hopkins, Ford, etc.) but I actually respect him as an actor and an artist which is more than I can say for 99.9% of the Hollywood under-40 crowd.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

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  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    ... that's annoying

    by golden tribw

    .

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    After VALHALLA RISING, I'm interested in anything Refn does.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    ...but I'd kill to see Refn tackle Tolkien. Preferably...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...a small, dark story from SILMARILLION or BOOK OF LOST TALES.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    @goldentribe

    by blackwood

    Just do a hard return. Or two, if you're into that sort of thing.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Richard Jordan in the original...an actor gone much much too soon

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The vision of the future city will be like every other CGI rendition from I Robot and such. The original had that cheesy model that looked like it was set up in someone's basement, filmed with a vaseline covered lens, but at least it had an original look.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Richard Jordan is dead?

    by alan_poon

    Well, that's taken the shine off the day.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Does the book have a good ending?

    by Bobthegrinch

    Because that is the problem with Alex Garland's work. 28 Days Later and Sunshine, both original stories, lost it in the last act. He sets up a really atmosphere and characters then throws it all away in the last half an hour. Never Let Me go was the first film I saw scripted by Garland that maintained quality until the finish and that was based on a book so that is my question. Does the book have a decent ending? If so I trust him to write a decent script, if it doesn't or if they decide to change the ending, I suspect it'll go wrong there.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    More faithful to the book?

    by Keith

    Gosling is a little old for the part, then - in the book, the maximum age is 21 rather than 30.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Gosling...A great choice..

    by BlackBriar

    One of the best young actors out today

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    For me...

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    ...they'll never beat the AUSTIN POWERS meets BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY meets CHARLIE'S ANGELS meets PLANET OF THE APES aesthetic of the original but best of luck to them. The original's no classic and it must look like TOTAL ASS to someone who doesn't really have nostalgia for the mid-'70s.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Richard Jordan

    by Keith

    Ya, the dude died quite a long time ago. Cancer, I think.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    They should write a cameo part...

    by eustisclay

    ...for Jenny Agutter's ass. Like the movie, but loved that scene.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    The first film is no classic, and the book RULES...

    by Messiahman

    Anyone bitching about remaking LOGAN'S RUN clearly hasn't read the book, which gets my vote for most fun, fast-moving scifi novel ever written. Aside from taking its basic concept and a few scenes, the movie shat all over the novel. This line-up is astounding - these are all guys who get it and have produced a host of stellar work. Can't wait to see Logan running, running, running...

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    I still say

    by Mr Lucas

    that the series is way better than the film and rarely gets much attention. It needs a decent blu-ray release. Love those sandman pistols - dangerous props!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Cool News (for a change).

    by blackflowerX

    So agree this is ripe for a remake (which is rare). Remakes are shit because they usually remake a original, but this sounds like it could work. As long as its R rated , intelligent , and interesting , it could work .I'm gonna go find the book.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Mutant talkback fail. ;(

    by blackflowerX

    So agree this is ripe for a remake (which is rare). Remakes are shit because they usually remake a<br><br> ***film to be worse than the ...*** <br><br>original , but this sounds like it could work. As long as its R rated , intelligent , and interesting , it could work .I'm gonna go find the book. <br><br> Fuck me, I'm slightly retarded ya know...

  • will be based on the original book, just like the True Grit remake that AICN jerked off on

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    LOGAN'S RUN

    by psalamoff

    Not to be self-serving, but if you're a fan of LOGAN'S RUN please check out my comic book series LOGAN'S RUN LAST DAY (Bluewater Comics). It's written with William F. Nolan and extremely faithful to the series of books.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I want to see a remake of

    by maxjohnson1971

    Bonfire of the Vanities that is faithful to the book. And I Robot. And The Running Man. And I Am Legend. Hmmm...What else?

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    FINALLY, not since "Young Hercules", Ryan does a fantasy project.

    by Anna Valerious

    The world rejoices. :D

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Since studios like trilogies...

    by Phloton

    ...they can do the Logan trilogy. Granted the 3rd book is an alternate world and it wasn't that great, but that never stopped a studio. The original movie could never have been faithful to the book, not on their budget. It's a sentimental favorite of mine, but it's certainly not very well made. I saw Roscoe Lee Browne a couple times in my neighborhood before he died (once at a Radio Shack in Toluca Lake). I wanted to say to him: "Fish. And plankton. And sea greens. And protein. From the sea." But my brain took over and kept me from embarrassing myself.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Whoa! Shocked they're not aiming for the Twilight crowd.

    by fustfick

    Nicolas Winding Refn is a HUGE step up from of Bryan Singer and Gosling's got the chops to make this great. Considering 21 is the maximum age in the book, I am positively SHOCKED we're not discussing Zac Efron starring for Catherine Hardwicke.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    That line-up is too good to be true-

    by SkinJob69

    Wow. Loved the original. Loved Augutter- not just tits, but BUSH!- check out the DVD with York's commentary track- he's talking about how beautiful Augutter is when the full-frontal scene comes on and he says something like, "well, there you go..." LMAO. Very stoked about the possibilities for this remake (even though it won't show BUSH).

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    logan's run- Mr. Skin

    by SkinJob69

    http://www.mrskin.com/logans-run-nude-scenes-t64.html

  • I mean come on!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    PLEASE no James Earl Jones...

    by Hipshot

    Unless the rest of the film is integrated. It was disgusting to have an entire world populated entirely by white people, but wait! The villainous machine "Box" is a black man. Pretty fucking transparent.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    This is definitely a remake that's worthwhile...

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    The original was great, but does look pretty dated these days. Shit, Me and a friend of mine have been talking about this being remade for 20 years now. Amen, MaxJohnson1971, a book faithful Running Man remake would be tremendous. Would also love to see Roadwork adapted. As far as Alex Garland's third acts, agreed that Sunshine's was a let down, but I thought that 28 Days Later was great start to finish.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    The original computer stuff was just awful...

    by zinc_chameleon

    Talk about the Turing test! All they did was to project acetate overheads when Logan talked to the computer. And UNIX was being created that year! Okay...geek moment, I'm sorry...but this Logan's run should really push where technology will be next, which is something Tron--for all the flash--didn't really do. In the movie, the AI was frozen in time, and didn't know that the outside world had changed. Ridiculous by today's standards. They'll need to go back to the book, where the AI was dealing with real overpopulation, not just forgetfulness. I would suggest Jessica Biel for Jessica, because of her height and breath-holding abilities....

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Holy shit!

    by HEADGEEK

    Really, the director of fucking BRONSON is casting the brilliant Ryan Gosling in a big remake of LOGAN'S RUN? FUCKING A!

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    ST:TNG did a better take on this than the movie

    by SmokingRobot

    I believe their 'your time is up' was 65 years, a little more believable.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Even though the 1976 movie was very good,

    by kabong

    this is one remake/revisioning/reimagining that I don't oppose. The pace should be quicker. You're supposed to run, Runners.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    So will this look like "A Clockwork Orange" as well>?

    by MST3KPIMP

    seriously the lead in Bronson was great but the directing and cinematography was so apeing on Kubrick it was beyong tribute.. Just lazy

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    To tell you the truth...

    by Norman Colson

    I've never seen Logan's Run.. Heard of it yeah, but never seen it.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Wasn't "The Island" Alex Garland's "Logan's Run" Remake?

    by topaz4206

    That's all I got.

  • Feb. 10, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Silly, he didn't write The Island

    by topaz4206

    but still, wasn't it very logan's run-y?

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Michael Gambon for the Old Man!

    by BenBraddock

    Unless they can lure Gene Hackman out of retirement..

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    21 was last day in the book, not 30...

    by Zardoz

    I wish the new movie would make it 21 again. That would be really interesting, more like "Battle Royale", where it's essentially kids killing kids. The books are awesome if you can find them for sale anywhere. They're long out of print but maybe now they'll put them back on sale with the movie release? I hope so!

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Great director choice, this will no doubt have some edge

    by KillaKane

    Just what the property needs, Gosling's a talented actor. This sounds like a reboot with a pedigree, off to a good start.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Good cocktail of talents there...

    by DC Films

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Do something else

    by The StarWolf

    "I see how there could be room in this great big world for a seriously handled remake." Pity there doesn't seem to be much room for ORIGINAL material instead. Or, if they have to fiddle with older films, why not do things such as taking 633 SQUADRON (terrific WW II story about a Mosquito fighter-bomber squadron) and giving it the STAR TREK remastering treatment. No changes to the actors, story, but replace with iffy model work with top-notch CGI. Now THAT would be a good use of studio time.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Mmmmm, Jessica 6 (drool)

    by Dalius

    Pretty much every aspect of the original film could be improved. (If only it were possible to blow up a city by telling a computer something it didn't like!) BUT ... if they manage to find a hotter Jessica than Jenny Agutter, I'll be mighty impressed. 36 years on, and I'm still in love with her. Best feature ... her eyes, honest! (Oh, and don't forget Farrah Fawcett was in it too.) Back in the 70s, I bet many kids couldn't understand why their dads were happy to sit and watch this with them. :-)

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I'm Okay With Remakes When The Original is Not Perfect

    by Autodidact

    While the original Logan's Run has a lot going for it, it's unfortunately just too crudely made to hold up for new audiences. Ironically I can't see anyone under 30 who's not a film or effects buff wanting to watch it. So bring on the remake. I keep assuming they'll announce the remake of Last Starfighter any day now.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Oh, and JENNY AGUTTER

    by Autodidact

    That chick was fucking hot in her day! That is all.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Watched the original a few weeks ago

    by kingralphuk

    after loving it as a kid. It hasn't aged at all well! I was so bored after 20 mins that it was a struggle to get through it.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Gosling's a great actor. Bronson was terrific. My interest has risen.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Remember in the book the cutoff was 21

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The flower was yellow, then blue, then red for seven years each before it blinked and went black. If I recall Logan was not assigned to run, but actually chose to.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Gosling/Refn/Garland-sounds cool!

    by BradZuhl

    I can already start to picture this in my head. They're definitely lining up some great talent.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Oops, Zardoz beat me to it. I should read more

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    posts first before commenting.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    A Welcome Remake

    by Harrys_Merkin

    This is one film that justifies a remake. I love the original (especially Jenny Agutter) but there is plenty of room for a modern improvement.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    smokingrobot, good point but consider

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    On that TNG episode the reason that planet did it like that was for several reasons, but one was that the old did not want to be a useless burden on their society or children. In Run it was simply due to overpopulation. Truth is I'd rather live in a Logan's Run world than an Idiocracy world. Idiocracy is scary.

  • I know the dude wanted to make a "non-space SF movie", as he said in the Valhalla Rising audio comentary track, but he considered VAHLALLA RISING as his Sf movie, even though it's set in the 11th century with vikings. But now he's making a real SF movie, and it's logan's Run... and it's Nicolas Winding Fucking Refn!! Director of Valhalla Fucking Rising!! FUCK YEAH!!! I'm pleased. I'm very pleased.

  • Yeah, let that thought sink in.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Asi, that thought is sinking in... but meaning nothing.<p> Never seen or heard of CLONUS. What is it? And yes I agree THE ISLAND was pretty stupid, but standing by my original post it 'did' have a LOGANS RUN feel for the first 40 mins.<p> topaz4206 also made the same point so I'm not the only one who made the connection.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    cobra--kai, by CLONUS i mean PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR

    by AsimovLives

    PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR is a movie that got a bit a fame and infamy among geek movie circles due to it being in an episode of MST3K. It became one of the most popular episode of the show. The show mocked the shit out of the movie, but if one actualyl pays attention to the film, and if one overlooks the poor production values (movie wa smade on amicro-budget) and weird amateurish acting from the younger actors (or maybe it was deliberate, they were playing character with the emotional maturity of 5 years old), one can see that the movie had ambitions in it's themes and story. The movie made an effort, and in some ways, suceeded in trying to be though-provocking SF. Then came THE ISLAND and turned it all into a dumbbed down stupid action mvoei pretendingto be SF. The stuff you say made you think of LOGAN'S RUN are actually from PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR. The thing that THE ISLAND stole from LOGAN'S RUN was some of the covered city interior design, which in parts was more like theft from THX-1138, only dumb.

  • Feb. 11, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Asi, cheers for the explanation.

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    cobra--kai, my pleasure

    by AsimovLives

  • Feb. 12, 2011, 2:31 a.m. CST

    The positive reaction to this news is fantastic.

    by AsimovLives

    Seems that everybody who know about the old movie are in agreement that a remake of this is not a bad thing. and everybody is quite happy with the casting of the lead actor. And all those who know the work of director Nicolas Winding Refn are very happy with his hiring for this film. I have very good vibes about this movie, man. i really do. I even say, i have more hopes for this one then Nolan's 3rd Batman movie. How about that?

  • June 20, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Logan's Run Remake.

    by markus crow

    Great news of the remake of the film! the original film has flaws but if the script is good and twicked with a better updated story it could be a great movie.The sandmen are cool!especially their guns,should be great now with todays special effects. Logan 5.

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