With reports the long-gestating reboot is back on track for production, it seemed like a good time to take a look at the original 70’s classic.
Logan’s Run is, of course, one of those science fiction classics that is widely recognized, and beloved by fans everywhere. A lot of this seems to be based on sentimentality because the movie is not that great by any standards.
Based on the novel “Logan’s Run” by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The movie depicts what appears to be a utopian future society on the surface, that is, in reality, a dystopian society whose existence depends on a harsh form of population control to continue. Management of the problem of over-consumption of resources gets accomplished by killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty to prevent overpopulation. Overpopulation was somewhat of a cultural obsession in the seventies. The story borrows a lot of ideas from the 1931 novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
The upcoming reboot of Logan’s Run will portray the novel, not the previous film. The film would be a fresh take on the 1967 story by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson rather than a remake of the 1976 film. In that novel, citizens of a future society get killed upon reaching their 21st birthday, their age indicated by a glowing crystal embedded in their palm that changes color every seven years.
The story follows Logan-5, a Sandman, who upon turning 21, decides to go out on a high note by locating and dismantling Sanctuary until he becomes converted to that cause. The 1976 film aged up the premise, setting 30 as the kill-by date rather than 21.
The previous film was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. It reflects the period in which it was made, with special effects, props, and art direction all following suit. Logan’s Run is a film of the seventies, and its appearance dates it as such.
The 1976 film made Jenny Agutter as Jessica 6 into a science fiction icon, and one of the genre’s most famous, and enduring sex symbols that remains one of its best known even to this day. One can only imagine what a more modern take on the story will do in regards to the character’s outfits in the 21st century.
As most fans know, the premise of that movie revolves around York’s character, the story follows the actions of Logan 5, a “Sandman,” as he runs from society’s lethal demand, and that’s where the two versions diverge. Warner Bros. new swing at the story will be based on a screenplay with Simon Kinberg on board to write a treatment for the remake of the sci-fi classic.
The 1976 film was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, although by today’s standards, like the story it tells, both are pretty pedestrian. The film’s sets and props are mostly practical, as part of production before the advent of CGI.
The film won a Special Academy Award for its visual effects, effects which included the use of laser holography for the first time in a feature film, and won six Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film. In 1977, a short-lived TV series aired, though only 14 episodes got produced. Since 1994, there have been several unsuccessful efforts to remake Logan’s Run.
There is no word on casting for the new film yet, or when it will get filmed or premiere.