Ken Levine writing script for Logan's Run remake - Report

Warner Bros. reportedly taps BioShock creator to write screenplay for remake of 1976 sci-fi film.

It appears Ken Levine is taking his skills to the big screen. Deadline reports today that Warner Bros. has tapped BioShock creator Ken Levine to write the screenplay for a remake of the 1976 sci-fi film Logan's Run.

The original film was based on a 1967 novel from William F. Nolan and George Clayton John, which depicts a dystopian society set in 2116 wherein all people must agree to be executed at age 21 in an effort to control population.

The 1976 film was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Michael York, Richard Jordan, and Jenny Agutter.

According to the report, Levine will continue his role as creative director at Irrational Games, which released BioShock Infinite in March. The company has no announced games, and Levine said earlier this year that he has "no idea" what the studio will make next.

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DaN_WiL
DaN_WiL

Death is at the age of 30 not 21.

SupaTrupa
SupaTrupa

Logans Run has far more potential than any video game story (as most books do, as they aren't based on unrealistic violence and boss fights, you know, they have "real" depth and perspectives on humanity, not just head shots and RPG skills).

I hope he does one of my favorite childhood stories/films and the great Nolan/Clayton justice.

BrahManDude
BrahManDude

Finish the System Shock Trilogy already i personally think it's better than Bioshock

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Except no story until the last 20 minutes when it's all just unloaded on you in one creamy experience of glory!

leo316r
leo316r

he looks like the dude from x-files

chieflion
chieflion

fuckin remakes, make a bioshockable movie brahj

edinko
edinko

THis may be terrible. YOu know videogame makers doing movies because that works very good...

DaRq_MiNoS
DaRq_MiNoS

I got the 1976 Logan's Run on DVD and watch it every year or two.  This sounds really cool.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Its gonna be a good movie. This isn't even a debate.

hystavito
hystavito

I had no idea there was a remake coming, cool.

Kraken422
Kraken422

Ah the movie industry, the only thing less original than the game industry is at the moment. 

MonkeyKinght98
MonkeyKinght98

I wonder if he'll find a way to tie it together with the Bioshock universe. =P 

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

Good for him, I heard they were doing a remake. The original film had a cool concept but was pretty silly overall. Ken is a great choice.

But then I hope he returns to games with System Shock 3.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

These type remakes are never good.  Part of the charm of Logan's Run was how cheesy things were done in the movie.  Kind of like how the old Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston movies were.  The way those movies looked just had a certain vibe and atmosphere a remake today could never capture.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

IDK, maybe this could be good, Ken Levine knows story, setting, atmosphere and suspense and how to set up drama.....I mean his games are so detailed and well put together but as just the writer I think he could do some good, it'll really come down to who directs it...

Hurvl
Hurvl

I really liked that movie, saw it on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) where I've seen several good old movies. Just like with games, there are several classics to experience that may be old, but are still worth one's time. Don't think this movie would need a remake, but that's what I think about most old movies. Ken Levine is a good choice, but these remakes are getting almost (Bio)shockingly frequent, to the point that they seem almost Infinite.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Logan! Run!

Logan: I will! Just as soon as I've drained the atom from this little girl muahaHaHaHAHAHA!

skunknuts
skunknuts

Man, there's gonna be some awesome cross-promo stuff with McDonalds or Nike or something on this movie, I just know it. Can't wait to check out all the merchandise. Also, I'm excited to see who they get to write the remake of THIS remake in 10 or so years. Those folks in Hollywood just love tellin' a good story, and it shows.

mellow09
mellow09

It'll have mystery, a good environment and chase sequences. Little character movement and no attachment. There is a reason why all the really great movies seem to be from 30 + years ago, and it's because we are giving the reins to people who don't study this craft. Good stories are stories about moments, and this is something none of these game makers and blockbuster Hollywood writers like to do.

Fia1
Fia1

very bad idea, but again hollywood and warner frequently have bad ideas

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Remake a classic = Pump it full of action and leave out anything that made the film good... I think I'll pass.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

Seems promising but it will end up being crap 

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

dude's head isn't going to be able to fit therough a door soon...

DrAkihabara
DrAkihabara

Good news for Levine. These early scripts don't always stick; but either way I'm glad to see one of the video game "rockstars" get a shot at another medium. 

Apastron
Apastron

Well at least it's not a BioShock movie...yet.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Well done for him. He's really catching the eye of Hollywood. Whether or not that's a good thing remains to be seen.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

Good for him. Although, just because he can craft a good game story doesn't necessarily mean he has the skills to craft a good movie script. This will probably be a learning experience for him, but here's hoping he is successful (as long as it doesn't keep him away from making kick ass games for too long).

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

They need to also let him DIRECT.  It'll take an extra year, but it'll be totally worth it.  :)

Dasim64
Dasim64

The original movie was ok at the time but nothing really special. I remember being disappointed that it was very simplistic and the special effects were very poor even for the time. But it's been years since I've seen it so my memories regarding it are obviously fuzzy now. A remake could be ok but as we saw with Red Dawn, it could also suck to high heavens. 

the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

Why do they keep remaking good movies into crap movies?

gufberg
gufberg

21? Why not just regulate the population with a global one child policy? ohh yea. That wouldnt make a very intriguing dystopian plot. 

Dorimant
Dorimant

Actually, in the original movie, it wasn't at age 21, but rather at 30 that all citizens had to be 'renewed', as the euphemism for execution went.  I don't know about this remake, but the original is definitely classic sci-fi.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

SYSTEM SHOCK 3 FOR THE LOVE OF THE JESUS

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@hadlee73  *Sandman walks in and drills through Logan's chest* 

LS: Kick his ass Mr. B.....

*RAWR!!!*

petez34
petez34

@Pyrosa haha. I'm not sure he can direct. Creative director and film director are 2 separate disciplines.

petez34
petez34

@the_big_doggg video game writing, in general is horrible. Now imagine vg dialogue in a movie. lol FAIL

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@gufberg To be fair (as much as we'd hate to admit it) the older we get, the more useless we get until we're basically just a drain on everyone else... Therefore keeping a stable younger population could be useful... Though at 21 it's basically killing off people in their prime... So maybe 35-ish would be more useful.

Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting this is a good idea, just that both have good points... Killing people off at a certain age wouldn't be my recommendation for the real world problems of overpopulation... mostly because I'm over 21 : ( lol

Benifited
Benifited

@Grenadeh  he cant do that cuz the rights to system shock belongs to another company.

Freedomination
Freedomination

@JimmeyBurrows @gufberg Unless your have a very physically demanding job i dont think productivity drops much until your at least 60. I'd assume a state that was willing to kill of old people would be willing to ban stuff like tobacco, sugar and alcohol as well, so most would stay healthy till that age. 

35 would be bad economics, 21 would be horrible economics as people would spend most of their life not being productive at all.

Also if they kill all the old people all the problems of having a one child policy dissapears, so the overpopulation stuff could be fixed in about a generation. So wether the reason is productivity or overpopulation, killing people at 21 years old would just be insane