A remake of the 1976 science fiction flick Logan’s Run has been one of those remakes that’s been attempted many times over the years but has never come together.
Now Warner Brothers is making an interesting and exciting move to get the remake rolling forward again. The studio has hired Ken Levine, who along with his Irrational Games created the classic video game BioShock, to write the screenplay for this latest attempt at remaking Logan’s Run.
While it may seem odd that WB has hired a video game guy, worry not. Levine studied drama and originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue a film career before getting a job at System Shock developer Looking Glass Studios where he helped to make the first game in the Thief series (which has a reboot on the way) and then moved on to found Irrational Games with Jonathan Chey and Robert Fermier. Irrational first made a direct sequel to System Shock, then eventually BioShock (a spiritual successor to the System Shock games) and their latest hit, BioShock Infinite. BioShock 2 was made by 2K Games, a subsidiary of Take Two Interactive, who acquired Irrational in 2006. Levine was named one of the storytellers of the decade by Game Informer magazine.
Logan’s Run is based on the 1967 novel of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where remaining humans live in a domed utopian city run by a computer that takes care of their every need. But in order to maintain a control of the city’s population, all newborns are implanted with a crystal that counts down to their last day, the day they turn 21 (30 in the first movie), when they will willingly be executed. Those who decide not to accept this cruel fate are called “Runners,” and a “Sandman” is sent to dispatch of them. Logan is a Sandman who eventually becomes a Runner himself.
What do you think of Warner Brothers hiring gamemaker Ken Levine to write their Logan’s Run remake?