Warner Bros.' Logan's Run Remake Is Probably Never Going to Happen

A scene from Logans Run 1976, which Warner Bros. tried to remake for many decades. Screenshot by MGMLogans Run was a disappointment at the box office, but that has not stopped Warner Bros. trying to restart the race. There have been no reports of a remake for 21 years. This is the complicated history of trying to create a new Logans Run and why it won't happen now.AdvertisementLogans Run is a 1976 science fiction movie that was based on George Clayton Johnson's 1967 novel. It can be described in many ways: Silly, Dated or Maybe the Thing that Temporarily Killed Sci-Fi Movies before Star Wars. Logans Run is fascinating, no matter what name you give it. The story tells of a futuristic society full of young, hedonistic people. To keep them from being distracted by the fact that once they reach 30 years of age (it's 21 in the book), they will be executed to control the population.Although the first film is not as strong, the story of two sexy 20-somethings who try to escape an AI that lives every day like The Purge was compelling enough to be reinterpreted. Joel Silvers thought that at least. Silver Pictures is his former CEO and founder. They produced some of the most popular genre films today, such as Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta and The Matrix. But they also produced 2000's Dungeons & Dragons.Silver was well-known for jumping headfirst into movies he was passionate about. Logans Run may have been his biggest. It was certainly one of the longest. The idea of making a new version of the film with Warner Bros. was first discussed in the mid-1990s. However, things picked up after the millennium. Nolan, co-author of the book, shared details about the film project in a 2000 interview. At the time, Skip Woods, writer and director of X-Men Origins, Wolverine, was working on it. He mentioned how excited Warner Bros., Woods, and Silver were about bringing it back to the big screen.Skip Woods was a friend of mine and we had many conversations. He grew up reading Logans Run and he considers the novel a classic. In a three-hour meeting, he told me that he wanted the novel restored to its original form. He also said that Crazy Horse Mountain, sky gypsies, and all other things MGM had left out were his goals. Warner Bros. will continue to do it. I don't think there is a script. There is a treatment that has or has not been approved.Woods was not able to stay on the film for long. In 2004, he left. It is not clear what happened. Either he quit or was fired. However, Ethan Gross and Paul Todisco were hired to continue the story with a new director. Bryan Singer is one of the most hated names in modern filmmaking. After his success with the X-Men series, Singer joined Logans Run. Filming was scheduled to begin in 2006. There were many changes to the movie, including Christopher McQuarrie being brought in to revise the script. A reporter from UGO claimed that he had a copy of McQuarrie's revisions to the script. This is if you want a glimpse at what might have been. It doesn't matter that Singer quit the movie in 2007 citing conflicts with Superman Returns, and general exhaustion.This is where things get a little crazy and you may need to use a pen to make notes. Between 2007 and 2018, many writers and directors participated in the Logans Run remake. Director Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy), Carl Rinsch (The Gift), Ken Levine (Bioshock), Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider), Nicolas Winding Refn ("The Neon Demon"), whose version was to feature Rose Byrne and Ryan Gosling. Refn was blunt when he spoke out about his failure adaptation. It was first announced in 2011, and it was cancelled two years later.AdvertisementIt is as dead as it can be. Although it is a terrible thing, I did learn a few things. I was so attached to the original, that I didn't realize that if I did a remake, it would bring me closer to the original. I would love to be part of the original more that any other. In a 2013 interview with Twitchfilm (via SyfyWire), Refn stated that he realized that this was a fabrication. If I were to make a $200-million or $100-million movie and give up my creative freedom, it had to be worth the loss. It is a great privilege to make films, so it must feel right to trade that for a bigger canvas. Logans Run was not what it seemed at the end.These are only the directors and writers we know. Ex-Machina writer and director Alex Garland said that Logans Run was one those notorious projects that were being sold to anyone who could make it work. Garland explained to Collider that if you meet a screenwriter, it is likely they have written a draft for Logans Run. It's one of those projects that has been around for a long time. They keep trying to crack them, but then they stop cracking.AdvertisementThe remake's latest signator was Simon Kinberg (X-Men Dark Phoenix) and Peter Craig (The Batman). Their partnership was announced in 2018. Kinberg was involved in the remake since 2015. He had submitted a screenplay as a draft, and then stepped behind the camera. Their version would be based on the 2010s teen dystopic genre, as was Craig's work on The Hunger Games Parts 1 and 2. We reached out to Kinberg's and Craigs representatives for comments. However, the movie has not been updated since then. There is one exception.Silver quit the production company that he had founded in 2019 Later, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Silver's departure was due to years of lavish spending and failures at the box office. This made him a pariah within the company. Silver was also a major factor in the 2012 collapse of Silver Pictures' 25-year Warner Bros. deal. This happened after Silver complained all over Hollywood about the studio's failure to promote his films. The resignation of Silver meant that one of the key figures behind Logans Run was no longer with us. The article said that Silver is still a producer on Sherlock Holmes 3 (Wolver Bros.) and Logans Run (Wolver Bros.). Both are currently in active development.AdvertisementBut is this true? Over the course of this story, we reached out to Warner Bros. several times. We never received confirmation that Logans Run was being continued. The director and writer have not spoken out, the studio has not said anything, and the person who fought for this movie for years is not even in the picture (other than a producer credit). Logans Run spent a lot of time waiting, and could still be waiting forever, according to our knowledge. Maybe it's not all bad. Maybe it's luxuriating in a utopian paradise, eating grapes and hoping that one day it will come to pass. The fight for a new Logans run is now 21 years old. We all know what happens to someone who reaches that age.Are you curious about where our RSS feed went. The new one can be found here.