Acclaimed commercials and shorts director Carl Erik Rinsch is no longer attached to direct the long-gestating remake of sci-fi cult classic “Logan’s Run” for Warner Bros. Pictures says Heat Vision.
William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson penned the original 1967 novel (and its two subsequent sequels) set in a utopian future where anyone over the age of 21 is mandatorily euthanized in order to maintain a balance over the consumption of resources. The story follows Logan 5, a ‘Sandman’ who serves as an enforcer who pursues those who try escaping as they approach their 30th birthday, and ultimately ends up on the run himself.
Most people remember the property via the 1976 cult film classic starring Michael York. “X-Men” helmer Bryan Singer was developing a new film adaptation back in 2004 but work on “Superman Returns” ground things to a halt. The likes of Robert Schwenke (“Flightplan”), James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) and Joseph Kosinski (“Tron Legacy”) have all been attached to direct the remake at one time or another.
Rinsch’s name first became attached back in May but he’s left the project so he can devote his energy to the upcoming Keanu Reeves-led “47 Ronin” at Universal Pictures.
Rinsch had to make a decision between the films this month and ‘Ronin’ had moved ahead of ‘Logan’ in terms of readiness. ‘Ronin’ will mark Rinsch’s feature debut after his award winning commercials and short film work.
Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are producing ‘Logan’ from a script by Alex Garland and are likely to seek a new helmet rather than wait for Rinsch to finish ‘Ronin’.