Writer/producer Simon Kinberg is, in many respects, one of the luckiest guys on the planet. He’s not only heavily involved as a writer/producer on the X-Men franchise, including the currently-in-production X-Men: Apocalypse, but he’s also involved with Fox’s Fantastic Four and Deadpool movies, co-writing the script for the former. But that’s certainly not all, as Kinberg also helped created the swell animated series Star Wars Rebels, writing the movie that kicked the show off, and is working as a producer on an unspecified upcoming Star Wars Anthology film. If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Kinberg also scripted Disney’s excellent Cinderella, which opened earlier this year. And now he’s adding one more interesting franchise to his plate because why not?
Per THR, Kinberg is being hired to write the story and the treatment for the Logan’s Run remake at Warner Bros., which has been kicking around for years. Filmmakers like Bryan Singer and Nicolas Winding Refn have toyed with the project in past iterations, with the most recent being a version with Refn directing and Ryan Gosling starring. Those two departed a few years ago, and Logan’s Run went quiet. Until now, that is.
The story of the original 1976 sci-fi film takes place in a dystopian society in which citizens are killed once they reach the age of 30 in order to control overpopulation. It‘s a solid premise that’s prime for a remake treatment, and producer Joel Silver has hired Kinberg to finally get this thing off the ground.
Kinberg will only be fleshing out the story and treatment for the film, after which Silver and Warner Bros. will hire a screenwriter to pen the proper script. Kinberg’s shown a solid handle on story and sci-fi with X-Men: Days of Future Past and Star Wars Rebels, so it’s no surprise that Warners went to him to jumpstart Logan’s Run, and he does seem to be a fine fit for the material. My one question, though: When does this guy sleep?