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It’s been years since we last heard anything of the remake of1976 classic Logan’s Run. Bryan Singer (Valkyrie, Superman Returns) was the first name set to direct, but scheduling setbacks and the exit of several key players (including Singer) in the project’s production caused the remake to linger in developmental hell. Now, Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson) is in place and Deadline reports that Refn is bringing his Drive star, Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, Half Nelson), with him.
Gosling will play Logan 5, a "Sandman" whose job is to put citizens to sleep permanently in a “perfect” but doomed society struggling to survive the aftermath of an apocalypse during the 23rd Century. For all intents and purposes, citizens are happy, save for the fact that they are not allowed to go on living past the age of 30. When Logan turns 30, he is unable to abide by the laws of his society, which ultimately leads to an attempt to escape the authorities seeking him out: an action that spells death for him should he be caught.
Logan’s Run marks Gosling’s first studio tentpole; his last box office hit was The Notebook, after which he went on a string of independent productions including Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl and Blue Valentine. His recent turning of 30 only makes his casting more appropriate for the project, and given his credits in independent films, Gosling looks to be the smart choice to give this remake some credibility and make people forget about the fact that the film is yet another attempt to update a classic pre-CGI era science fiction movie for the purposes of cashing in.