Simon Kinberg Takes Over From Ken Levine on Logan's Run Script
BioShock creator confirms he is no longer working on the '70s sci-fi remake.
The long-delayed remake of '70s sci-fi classic Logan's Run is alive once more, with X-Men producer/writer Simon Kinberg replacing BioShock creator Ken Levine to pen the film for Warner Bros.
Numerous personnel changes--most notably the departure of director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling--had already slowed progress on the project. Levine was hired as screenwriter in 2013 for what would have been his first film credit since his breakthrough game projects at Irrational.
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There were reports earlier this year that, with Gosling now gone from the production, a new writer was being sought to rework the picture to feature a female lead. Whether this story change is still the case remains unknown, but Levine confirmed on Twitter that he is no longer working on the script.
People been asking if Kinberg working from my draft on Logan's Run. Don't know, word is one major thing at least is surviving. Learned a lot— Ken Levine (@IGLevine) July 23, 2015
Levine went on to speak warmly of his time spent on the production, and sought to reassure fans that Logan's Run was still in good hands.
But my time on Logan's was an amazing experience. Worked with great people at Warner's. And I got to play in my favorite fictional universe.— Ken Levine (@IGLevine) July 23, 2015
I'll say this. Simon knows nerdy properties and I'm sure he's going to kick ass with it. If you don't believe me, ask the XMen.— Ken Levine (@IGLevine) July 23, 2015
Levine also mentioned that this would not be the end of his screenwriting career, and that he was working on a new, unknown film project that could be announced soon.
As a writer and producer, Kinberg is involved with some of the biggest sci-fi/fantasy properties in film. He has credits on several of Fox's Marvel titles, including this year's Fantastic Four reboot and the upcoming Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse. His involvement with the Star Wars franchise, meanwhile, has included several episodes of the Rebels animated series, as well as screenwriter for one of the upcoming standalone Anthology movies.
The original Logan's Run was released in 1976 and starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter. The sci-fi thriller portrayed a dsytopian future controlled by computers, in which citizens are terminated at the age of 30.
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