Levine: Logan's Run "inspired almost my entire career"

BioShock creator Ken Levine confirms he is writing script for new Warner Bros. sci-fi movie, says original was a major inspiration for his body of work.

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BioShock creator Ken Levine saw 1976 sci-fi film Logan's Run as a ten-year old and the experience would end up inspiring nearly his total body of professional work, the industry veteran has revealed.

At a Boston event this week, GameSpot asked Levine if he would consider working in a medium other than games. As an answer, he confirmed he is working with Warner Bros. on a Logan's Run remake and explained the impact that movie had on his professional career.

"It was the first dystopia story I ever saw and if you know my games, obviously it had a huge impact on me," Levine said. "So I actually talked to [Warner Bros.] and I sort of forced them to give me the job because I said there is no person on earth who spent more time thinking about Logan's Run and spent more of his career sort of doing things that came off that experience [I] had ten years old seeing this movie that I feel, in the same way whether it's art deco or it's [Ayn Rand] or American exceptionalism or whatever it is or quantum mechanics, I want to make things that aren't particularly popular or interesting to people."

"I think Logan's Run, because it's such a 70s goofy thing, I think there's a story in there that there's a real good story there that needs to be told," he added. "And it's certainly inspired almost my entire career."

Levine said he has not officially started writing for the new Logan's Run movie yet, but he is signed up to do it.

The original Logan's Run 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.

Levine and Irrational Games are currently working on BioShock Infinite downloadable content Burial at Sea - Episode One and Burial at Sea - Episode Two, the latter of which will allow gamers to play as Elizabeth in Rapture.

Both expansions will launch in 2014.

Looking further ahead, Irrational Games has no announced games, and Levine said earlier this year that he has "no idea" what the studio will make next.

Discussion

49 comments
pip3dream
pip3dream

also burial at sea looks tight!!

pip3dream
pip3dream

I would really like to see what Ken Levine's treatment of Logan's run would be.   The story is the strongest elements in his games, without a doubt.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I'm not very good at running, get out of breath soon, but I really liked both Logan's Run and The Running Man. I watched Logan's Run on TCM and it's very interesting to see how they made movies back then, compared to how it is now. I also watched Omega Man, which later was remade into I am Legend with Will Smith. I enjoyed Omega Man, although I am Legend wasn't a bad movie.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

Unless Levine can somehow work in zombies, vampires and teen werewolves into the remake it will be a box-office flop.

Conway Obleman
Conway Obleman

turns out this Logan's Run remake is the parallel universe of the original

Mike Headley
Mike Headley

Don't expect it to be the original and you'll be fine. It needs to be based on the book material anyway. If it does well, there are three other books to draw from.

Lee Armstrong
Lee Armstrong

Fingers crossed. I love the original, just a shame what they did to Francis 7.

Eric Smith
Eric Smith

Oh God please don't screw this up...

Christian Baenen
Christian Baenen

I have more faith in this now. More hope than that Robocop remake.

brok
brok

I saw Logans Run for the first time in a massive theatre about 2 years ago- aged 26. The film blew my mind from the start, and just got more and more amazing as it went. Highly recommend it to anyone.

MondasM
MondasM

zardoz is another one of my favorite classic dystopian future movies, watch it if you haven't already... :)

Aletunda
Aletunda

Loved logan's run! and very glad Levine is writing for the remake

Zloth2
Zloth2

Movie/game tie-ins have been pretty horrible but if Levine does the writing for both the movie and the game....

hadlee73
hadlee73

My birds, my birds, my BIRDS!

derceto
derceto

So long as Ken has creative freedom, I'll keep an eye on this.  Original was awesome, and I would expect Ken to do it justice if not hindered or derailed by suits.

winshot
winshot

A remake is an originals step child...

Mayleene
Mayleene

Last day. Capricorn 15's. Year of the city - 2274. Carousel begins.

CrashOV
CrashOV

a remake, how original

NTM23
NTM23

I liked Logan's Run, but I thought the ending could have been better as well as the exploration of the aftermath DC.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Just watched it again the other day. I remember it made an impact on me when I was a kid; it still has its moments. At least Ken will probably keep it interesting rather than it just turning into another 2 hour chase movie *cough* The Island *cough*.

Apastron
Apastron

"I want to make things that aren't particularly popular or interesting to people."

Interesting idea...

WilliamChase
WilliamChase

i am sure he will be writing something good for WB. just can't wait to see it.

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The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Didn't really like Logans Run, but if Levine is writing it I'm already in the cinema seat!

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Logan's run was so awesome, I hope this turns out better than Tron.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

I hope he makes it slightly easier to follow and less nonsensical than his game stories.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

Love Logan's Run. Love Levine...

But  he's such an original that I'd be more interested in seeing something new from him, rather than a re-make. Still, I guess he has to start somewhere, and I'm sure it'll be awesome.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Levine should go back to Cyberpunk in his next game, Bioshock is great and all, but after 3 games I've had my fill of Steampunk.

If only 2K would get the System Shock rights back from EA.

ahpuck
ahpuck

sounds like hyperbole to me. Wonder what his next game is going to be, hopefully something else besides another BioShock game. 

endorbr
endorbr

What Irrational needs to work on next... how about that Bioshock game you promised for the Vita Levine?

ShockDeWitt
ShockDeWitt

Levine working on a movie is pretty interesting, but please don't stop making video games after that.

Pretty please... with a cherry on top.

robchiang1990
robchiang1990

@hadlee73 Ha ha! Got to say Logan's run not only had a sense of dystopia, it also contained a story about almost every f*****g thing you met tried to kill you not unlike those modern games Mr. Levine made.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@gatsbythepig I liked both Tron movies, but there's something about the 80's movies, that no one can reproduce nowadays.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@tom_cat_01 Hopefully it'll be great. These things where folks get to rework their childhood inspirations don't always work out for the best. Just look at King Kong...twice the length, amazing looking Kong and still not a patch on the original for excitement.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

@The-Neon-Seal

Inception was an overpopulated mess. They though the more they shuveled down the viewers kneck the cooler the film would be... Lost interest at the dream within a dream within a dream within a dream... turned it off.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@EL_Bomberdor Nah, that was some clever awesome right there and everybody knows it. (Yes I'm generalising, but... *shrugs* meh...)