11:37am PT by Borys Kit
'Logan's Run' Jumpstarted With Simon Kinberg (Exclusive)
After years of being dormant, Logan’s Run is lacing up for another shot, this time with writer-producer Simon Kinberg.
Warner Bros. has been trying to mount a remake of the cult classic 1976 sci-fi movie, itself an adaptation of 1967 novel by William F. Nolan, since 2000.
Writers such as Alex Garland, Will Beall and Christopher McQuarrie have tried their hand on a script while filmmakers such as Bryan Singer and Nicolas Winding Refn oversaw development and hoped to direct. Ryan Gosling was even attached to star in the project around the 2010 mark, and that still didn’t get the project to the starting line.
Now comes Kinberg.
Kinberg is being hired to write the story and treatment for the movie project. He will also join Joel Silver as a producer on the project. The script will be tackled by a writer to be hired in the near future.
This is just the latest high-profile move for Kinberg, who is already helping steer two franchises at two different studios. He is one of the stewards of Fox’ Marvel movies franchise; he is a producer on X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, and shared writing credits on the former two.
Tapping into his Dark Side, Kinberg is writer-producer on one of the Star Wars Anthology films and an exec producer on the Star Wars Rebels TV series.
Run is set in a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed "Runners."
The protagonist, Logan, is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who ends up on the run after he becomes sympathetic with members of an underground railroad of Runners.
The novel presaged the current post-apocalyptic craze and its influence can be seen in books ranging from The Maze Runner to Divergent.
Kinberg is repped by CAA and Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman.