Hollywood is so desperate to develop the next young-adult, sci-fi property that they’re willing to dredge up any old concept, regardless of whether it’s any good or not.
Before Star Wars changed everything in 1977, Logan’s Run was the kind of half-baked, uninspired sci-fi slog that audiences had little choice but to endure. You know the type: low-grade special effects, no-name actors, bad costumes — and those were the good parts! You might be asking yourself, why am I still reading this article? Don’t worry, it gets worse.
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Based upon a novel by William F. Noland and George Clayton Johnson, Logan’s Run tells the story of a dystopian (or utopian, depending on your perspective) future where resources are so limited that anyone over the age of 30 is executed. On his 30th birthday, an executioner named Logan makes a run for it, and he takes a woman named Jessica with him, because why wouldn’t you? Don’t spend too much time thinking about the premise, it doesn’t hold up.
Logan’s Run was developed into a movie (starring Michael York and Farrah Fawcett), and also a TV series (starring Gregory Harrison and nobody else you’ve ever heard of). They were both awful, I assure you… and yet, that’s never stopped Hollywood before (ahem, Starsky and Hutch), but I digress.
However, you can see how the idea might inspire Hollywood executives, who are crazed to greenlight the next Hunger Games, Divergent, or Maze Runner franchise. Logan’s Run is essentially a license to cast a bunch of attractive young people and pit them against each other… while running.
Warner Bros. owns the rights to Logan’s Run, and they’ve just hired Hunger Games‘ writer Peter Craig, according to Deadline. X-Men: Dark Phoenix director, Simon Kinberg, and The Matrix producer, Joel Silver, are also on board. Apparently, WB is serious about making this thing happen.
To be fair, these are talented folks with a proven track record, so there’s a chance this might be good, right? Sure, why not. Based upon the title alone, a few X-Men fans might accidentally stumble in, thinking it’s the next chapter in the Wolverine franchise — hey, if it sells tickets, who are we to judge?
Are you even old enough to remember Logan’s Run? Let us know in the comments down below!
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