Logan’s Run Back Up and Running at WB

ON

Commercial director Joseph Kosinski will make his directorial debut on Logan’s Run, the sci-fi thriller being written by Tim Sexton. Joel Silver is producing through his Warners-based Silver Pictures.

The 1976 original starred Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Farrah Fawcett. It was based on a 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The premise sees a future society that demands the death of everyone upon reaching a certain age. Anyone who veers from that destiny is dubbed a “runner” and is hunted by operatives known as Sandmen. Logan is a Sandman who is forced to go on the run.

The movie is expected to be low-tech science fiction in a futuristic setting and hew closer to the book than the 1976 movie. The new film will tackle idea of the “greater good” and people devoting themselves to an ideology blindly, while keeping the novel’s concepts of runners, Sanctuary and gangs outside the system.

Bryan Singer was originally attached to direct and had begun previsualization work on the project before he bolted to do Superman Returns for the studio. Flightplan director Robert Schwenke and James McTeigue were helmers that had been associated with the project, which eventually fell off the radar.

Kosinski came into Warners with a presentation that included graphic art and animated previsualization that set the look, color, tone and style of the movie he wanted to make.