During our review of Blue Valentine on last week’s podcast we briefly discussed the fact that Ryan Gosling had been notably absent from the big screen over the past few years, which seemed strange considering that he had been garnering critical acclaim for his performances in Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl. However, after once again wowing people with Blue Valentine this year, it looks like he is finally getting ready to step back out of the indie world and into his first major studio blockbuster. According to Deadline.com, he is currently in talks to star in the Warner Brothers remake of the ’70s sci-fi classic Logan’s Run. What’s even more interesting, however, is the fact that Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Pusher, Valhalla Rising) is reportedly taking over the reins on this long-gestating project.
The remake has been in development for a few years now, first with Bryan Singer being attached to direct, followed by Carl Erik Rinsch. Rinsch has since moved on to direct 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves instead, but he supposedly left behind a solid script from Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later). For those unfamiliar with the original, the story revolves around a future society where law dictates that everyone’s life must end at the age of 30, and one man who tries to escape his fate.
While I’m not sure what Warner Brothers could see in Nicolas Winding Refn’s fairly edgy filmography that would make them think he is well-suited for this project, the prospects are certainly intriguing. Ryan Gosling just finished starring in his most recent film Drive, about a Hollywood stunt driver who gets caught up in a heist gone wrong. I think Logan’s Run is one of those movies that could really benefit from an update, and I’m very curious to see what they come up with. Are you excited to see Gosling and Refn team up for a new take on Logan’s Run?