A long-in-development remake of the 1976 sci-fi classic Logan's Run is FINALLY back on track with the addition of a new director for the project, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.
Carl Rinsch is the name now attached to direct the movie, which is being produced by Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman. Silver told reporters last weekend during press interviews for Splice, which he also produced, that he was still eager to remake Logan's Run. A script has been around for a while, although a new one will probably be written if the movie goes forward again.
If Rinsch's name sounds familiar, that's because he was at one time a candidate to direct the upcoming Alien prequel until Ridley Scott decided to make that picture himself. Rinsch is one of the hottest directors of commercials around (he's done a lot of ad work for Ridley and Tony Scott's company) and has been wanting to make the jump into feature films for a while.
A recent SF-themed short he made for Phillips Electronics, called The Gift, was impressive enough that several studios wanted to turn that into a feature itself. Although that fell through because Phillips owns the rights, it was good enough to get Rinsch on the radar for Logan's Run.
The original Logan's Run, based on the book by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, takes place in a future society where everyone must die at the age of 30. Michael York starred as Logan, a Sandman, whose job it is to execute those "runners" who do not voluntarily turn themselves in on their 30th birthdays. But Logan himself goes on the run in search of a mythical hideaway called Sanctuary. The age limit in the original novel was 21, and Silver has said that the new film will revert back to that.
X-Men director Bryan Singer was going to direct the remake a few years back, but he put it aside to focus on 2006's Superman Returns. Other directors who have run the project through the development mill include James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy).
Do you think Logan's Run is ripe for remaking?