'Logan's Run' Is Warner Bros' 'Hunger Games,' Says Simon Kinberg

"It’s something that potentially is their 'Hunger Games' kind of franchise — that is about a younger audience, for a younger audience with a big idea," the writer-producer says of the studio's plans.
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With the final installment of The Hunger Games arriving in theaters this weekend, fans of post-apocalyptic YA adventures can rest assured that plans are already in motion for a familiar brand to keep the youthful rebellion coming.

Simon Kinberg, who signed on to Warner Bros.' planned Logan's Run remake this summer, told Collider that if the remake is successful, the studio is considering the potential for Logan to run through a number of movies.

"It’s something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise  — that is about a younger audience, for a younger audience with a big idea," Kinberg explained to the site.

Logan's Run takes place in a future society where citizens above the age of 21 (30 in the 1976 movie version starring Michael York) are sentenced to death. Some try to escape their fate by dropping out of society in search of a mythical area called Sanctuary, where all can live to old age.

"Logan’s Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and so many of these books and movies now," Kinberg continued. "So yeah, [the studio is] seeing it as a potentially really big franchise."

Kinberg joined the project back in July as writer and co-producer (with Joel Silver). The studio has been trying to get a new Logan's Run off the ground for some time, with filmmakers including Alex Garland, Bryan Singer and Nicolas Winding Refn having been attached at various points over the last few years. 

In practical terms, he told Collider, the potential for a future franchise meant that while writing the screenplay for the new movie, "there is some thought about what the future films would be and where you could take Logan in future movies, but the focus is on 'Make a great movie.' It was 'Let’s make one great movie that people fall in love with, but be prepared that if they do, we could make future films. We had to be mindful of what they would look like and where you would go again with the character in the next film?' "

Kinberg also said that the new project's take on the idea — which is currently looking for a director — borrows "a lot from the original movie," paying particular attention to the original's world building and storytelling. "There's a lot from the original film in it, and then there's a lot of reinterpretation of the original film rather than just a whole scale recreation," he said.