There’s another director for Warner’s perpetually in development Logan’s Run remake. This time it is a commercials director Carl Erik Rinsch, who had been previously tapped to relaunch 20th Century Fox’s Aliens franchise before being pushed out by the studio in favor of Ridley Scott.
Based a bit loosely on the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, the 1976 film depicted a future world where it was considered the height of community service, and somewhat mandatory, to commit a form of ritual suicide on one’s 30th birthday. Those who refuse are hunted by the police-like Sandmen. But as one Sandman’s (Michael York) own thirtieth birthday approaches, he begins to reconsider the rules of society and decides to run for a rumored place of safety called Sanctuary.
Rinsch has cut his teeth in commercials and received a bit of buzz last spring with the release of his short film The Gift, embedded below. There was even brief talk about the short being expanded to feature length. Rinsch was briefly in contention to film X-Men: First Class for Fox before the studio went with Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn. Rinsch finally landed a feature directing gig at Universal with a remake of the Japanese samurai film 47 Ronin, which is currently in pre-production. Rinsch is expected to move over to Logan’s Run following that film’s wrap.
Warners have been trying to get their Logan’s Run redo off the ground since in the mid-1990s. it wasn’t until 2004 that the project got any real traction when Bryan Singer came on board, though his involvement ceased due to his work on Superman Returns. Joseph Kosinski was the next to occupy the position before being distracted by his Tron: Legacy duties over at Disney. Both Flightplan director Robert Schwentke and James McTeigue were also briefly attached.
Via the Hollywood Reporter.