Rumors have been abound for years on this project and who will take the lead, but it looks like the Warners and producer Joel Silver have found their Logan 5. From Deadline.
Warner Bros is finalizing a deal with Ryan Gosling to reunite with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn on Logan’s Run, the remake of the 1976 futuristic drama about a man who tries to outrun a mandatory death sentence that awaits all 30-year old’s. After a distinguished run in mostly independent films, Gosling’s making the jump to a studio tent pole. Production starts in the fall.
In Logan’s Run, Gosling will play Logan 5, a “Sandman” whose job it was to put to permanent sleep those who try to escape mandatory death, the downside of the blissful existence in the domed city that protects the inhabitants who survived a 23rd Century apocalypse. In the William F. Nolan novel, the age of extinction was 21, but it was changed in the original film to match up with original star Michael York. That age works great for Gosling, who just turned 30. But the question is whether Gosling wants to go the commercial route.
While the studio is doing everything they can to court Gosling, the real question becomes whether or not he’s ready to go mainstream. With a collection of films like Blue Valentine and Lars and the Real Girl, Gosling isn’t one to go with blockbuster sci-fi flicks, let alone a remake.
We should have a solid answer on the role in the coming days, as Gosling is finalizing negotiations now.