That Logan's Run remake we've been hearing about forever is about to get a new script. Again.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, some dude named Andrew Baldwin has been hired to put the long-in-development new adaptation of George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan's classic 1967 novel through his screenwriting software. We say "some dude" because outside of a few Hollywood executives who have bought some of his previous scripts, no one has heard of Baldwin and none of his screenplays have actually been produced yet.
That doesn't mean he's not a good writer: lots of terrific screenplays get bought and then disappear into what's called "development hell" around Tinseltown. In fact, maybe Baldwin will be the lucky guy whose version of Logan's Run actually makes it to the screen—because a bunch haven't.
Shall we review? A new version of the story—first adapted in 1976 with Michael York as Logan 5 and the beautiful Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6—has been in some sort of development since the mid-90s, but it really got on the radar in 2004, when X-Men and Superman Returns director Bryan Singer came on board.
The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie was hired to pen the script, and production was slated to begin in late 2005 after Singer finished Superman Returns. Then 2005 turned into 2006 and...still nothing.
Singer ultimately dropped off the project and directors like Robert Schwentke (Red) and James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) were offered the reins, although neither one signed up. The next team up to bat consisted of director Joseph Kosinski (before he made Tron: Legacy) and screenwriter Timothy Sexton, followed by commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch (a protege of Ridley Scott) and writers Alex Garland (28 Days Later) and Will Beall. But still the lifeclocks stayed in storage.
This year, director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling, who made an impression on Hollywood with their moody crime thriller Drive, picked up the ball and are running with it, with Baldwin added to the mix.
So we have a director, a star and a screenwriter. How hard can it be to get this going? And how difficult could it be to get the script right? Producer Joel Silver has said all along that the new movie will stick closer to the book, meaning that the age at which citizens are put to death will be 21 instead of 30 and that the movie will presumably not take place under a dome (although we're hoping that weirdo cyborg Box gets to show up in this one as well).
Will this be the combination of talent that finally gets Logan up and (pardon the pun) running again?