The Logan’s Run remake has been stuck in development hell for years now, passing from one creative team to the next. For a while it was going to be directed by Bryan Singer, but the current incarnation has Drive‘s Nicolas Winding Refn in the director’s chair and actor Ryan Gosling rumored for the lead. Unfortunately, the project just got kicked right square in the momentum, because Gosling has now dropped out of the flick, leaving Refn sans Logan.
The bad news came from Variety’s Justin Kroll, who tweeted the following yesterday: “Rough news for those LOGAN’S RUN fans, I can confirm Ryan Gosling is no longer attached to the project.” That’s a shame because Refn and Gosling’s last collaboration, Drive, was kind of amazing, and I would have liked to see Gosling’s take on the character of Logan. One big question remains: with Gosling out, will Refn stay on the project or will he depart as well?
With the role now open, I’ll be interested to see how the casting goes. I can understand Refn and Gosling wanting to work together more, but at 31 years old Gosling was technically too old for the role by a full decade — Logan’s Run takes place in a future where you’re put to death once you turn 21. Sure, Hollywood has a long history of passing older actors off as younger, but trying to sell Gosling as just having reached legal drinking age is bordering on Beverly Hills 90210 territory.
Hopefully the project will find a new lead and move forward, because Refn is a great director and the script has definitely had some talented hands on it. Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go, Sunshine) wrote the first draft, with subsequent work by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and 2008 Black List screenwriter Andrew Baldwin (The West Is Dead). (On a related note, Beall is also currently attached to write DC’s Justice League movie for a 2015 targeted release.)