It is my experience that Ken Levine is a genius. The BioShock games he has created has some of the best storytelling that I have ever experienced in all my years of gaming. That being said, news broke that the game creator has been hired by Warner Bros. to take over writing the long-delayed and perpetually in-development film adaptation of the 1976 sci-fi cult classic Logan’s Run.
Deadline has reported that Levine, who was previously a screenwriter and playwright before joining the video game world, views the film as a passion project.
Logan’s Run is based on the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton John. The novel depicts a dystopic ageist future society in which both population and the consumption of resources are maintained in equilibrium by requiring the death of everyone reaching a particular age. The story follows the actions of Logan, a Sandman charged with enforcing the rule, as he tracks down and kills citizens who “run” from society’s lethal demand—only to end up “running” himself.
The 1976 movie starred Michael York as Logan 5. The film only uses the basic premise from the novel (everyone must die at a specific age, Logan runs with Jessica as his companion while being chased by Francis). However, the world is post apocalyptic and people now live inside a huge domed city and are unaware of the world outside, believing it to be a barren, poisonous environment. The motivations of the characters are also quite different in the film. The age of death is 30, and instead of reporting to a Sleepshop, citizens must take part in a ritual called “Carrousel” in which they are vaporized with the chance of being “renewed”.
The film remake of the film and novel has been stalled repeatedly over the last decade with changes to both the cast, directors, and producers including Bryan Singer, Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn and former WB house producer Joel Silver. However, due to the success of the BioShock franchise from Levine and his love for the original novel and film, it seems he may finally be the right visionary for the project.
Initially the remake of Logan’s Run was planned to be more of an adaptation of the novel rather than a reboot on the film. However, at the moment there is no word on the direction that Levine would take the project.