Heat Vision reports that Carl Rinsch, best known for his short film 'The Gift,' has left the project to direct '47 Ronin', joining Bryan Singer ('X-Men'), Robert Schwentke ('Red') and Joseph Kosinski ('Tron Legacy') on the ever-expanding list of filmmakers who have abandoned the film. Originally a 1967 novel followed by a kitschy but endearing 1976 film, 'Logan's Run' is the classic science fiction story of a "perfect" society where everyone lives in luxury and comfort -- until they're systematically killed at the age of 30. As the title implies, our hero is Logan, who decides that ritualistic termination is not his cup of tea and literally flees for his life.
It was a strong premise forty years ago and it's a strong premise with incredible cinematic potential today. In fact, it's a premise that can support countless interpretations and styles, which makes compiling a list of interesting directors we'd like to see tackle a remake of 'Logan's Run' a little more difficult than you'd expect. However, these things must be done! Grouped by directorial style, here are our choices for who should sit in the director's chair.
The Wunderkind: Duncan Jones or Neil Blomkamp
Why They'd Be Good: Duncan Jones and Neil Blomkamp have each only made one film, but when those films are 'Moon' and 'District 9' they automatically receive the slightly dubious honor of being the first name on the lips of movie fans the world over whenever a new science fiction film appears on the horizon. In many ways, Jones and Blomkamp are two sides of the same coin: they both know how to shoot a visually stunning film and they both know how to do so on a tiny budget (and a smaller budget may actually help 'Logan's Run' get made), but while 'Moon' was a thoughtful, intellectual sci-fi drama, 'District 9' climaxed with an alien mech suit blowing evil mercenaries into bloody chunks of meat. It's easy to imagine Jones making a 'Logan's Run' that's a patient, Hitchcockian suspense film and it's just as easy to imagine Blomkamp making a tough-as-nails, brutal action film out of the material.
Why They Won't Do It: It's simple -- these guys follow their own drummer and are probably more interested in their own personal projects than picking up this cinematic hot potato. Jones is currently working on the science fiction thriller 'Source Code' and Blomkamp has already stated that his next project will be a low-budget original concept movie like 'District 9.'
The Artist: Alfonso Cuaron or Darren Aronofksy
Why They'd Be Good: Have you seen Alfonso Cuaron's 'Children of Men'? Of course you have. Every fan of great science fiction movies has seen it by this point. Due to the film's justifiably lauded cinematography and harsh storytelling, Cuaron has become one of the go-to guys in every game of fanboy fantasy filmmaking. However, you can expect a director like Cuaron to find the emotional core in a story like 'Logan's Run,' to drag the deepest meanings and most moving themes kicking and screaming to the forefront, transforming a pulp sci-fi tale into a work of art about the human condition and so forth. As for Aronofsky... You can't pick potential directors for any random film production without including him on there. It's the law. The internet law.
Why They Won't Do It: Cuaron is already busy trying to get another science fiction film, the troubled 'Gravity,' off the ground, so he'll be busy with that for the foreseeable future. As for Aronofsky, despite being a man whose name comes up attached to every project in existence, he's already picked his next film: the 'X-Men' prequel/sequel/reboot 'The Wolverine.'
The Jack of All Trades: Danny Boyle or Steven Soderbergh
Why They'd Be Good: Here are two filmmakers who are willing to work all over the map, in any genre and in any style, and consistently deliver the goods. Steven Soderbergh, the man who made 'Traffic,' 'Ocean's 11' and 'Che,' directed the exceptional remake of 'Solaris.' Danny Boyle, the man who made 'Trainspotting,' '28 Days Later' and 'Slumdog Millionaire, directed the instant classic 'Sunshine.' See where we're going here? Although not known as "sci-fi directors," Boyle and Soderbergh have both made great science fiction films, perhaps because they can approach any kind of film with the same fundamentals and find what really makes the story tick, leaving all of the fancy science fiction flourishes that could otherwise bog the movie down at the wayside.
Why They Won't't Do It: Well, why not? Soderbergh likes to stay busy, rotating between personal passion projects and work-for-hire gigs, and Boyle, while not quite a true Hollywood director, has never shown an aversion to larger budgets and big concepts. Seriously, someone give these guys a call.
The Studio Workman: Martin Campbell or Gore Verbinski
Why They'd Be Good: The truth is, a remake of 'Logan's Run' is probably not going to attract Duncan Jones, Neil Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuaron, Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle or Stephen Soderbergh. It's going to attract a director comfortable working with a studio as a collaborator, someone capable of keeping a blockbuster on budget and on schedule and deliver a crowd-pleasing package. As artistically crippling as that sounds, they could do far worse than Martin Campbell or Gore Verbinski, two of the best work-for-hire guys out there right now.
While Campbell has had his misses ('Edge of Darkness'), he's also had his hits ('Casino Royale') and his work on the upcoming 'Green Lantern' suggests that he may know a thing or two about sci-fi. Verbinski, best known for the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films and 'The Ring,' has shown a penchant for taking weird chances in the midst of Disney films based on theme park rides, so he instantly goes to the top of work-for-hire heap.
Why They Won't Do It: Campbell still has six months to go before 'Green Lantern' hits theaters and if it's a hit, he may very well be given the reins of the entire franchise, locking him in the comic book movie world for the next five or six years. Verbsinski may be a little more open since his animated film 'Rango' is in post-production right now and nothing else appears to be on his plate at the moment. Hmmm...
Those are our choices, movie fans. But what think you? Who do you want to see at the helm of a new 'Logan's Run'?