According to the Deadline story, writing the movie would be a passion project for the former screenwriter and playwright who has become one of the most influential figures in video gaming in recent years.
Based on the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton John which was set in 2116, the general concept of the movie involved a society where all people are willingly executed at the age of 21 as a means of population control. Those who chose not to go to “Carousel” would become “runners” who would have their lives ended much less pleasantly. The 1976 movie starred Michael York as Logan 5, one such runner who has reached the maximum age of 30 so he heads out into the world outside his safe domed city.
Many filmmakers have tried to get this movie made with Warner Bros, including Bryan Singer, Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn and former WB house producer Joel Silver, but Levine probably has just the right vision from the success of his “Bioshock” games which he’ll continue to oversee while working on the screenplay.
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