Archive for June 1st, 2016
I’ve been thinking that I might be living in the Domed City before we get the long, LONG promised remake of Logan’s Run that Joel Silver and Warner Bros has been trying to make for years, but it may have finally taken another step forward.
Simon Kinberg was last reported to be working on a script, and he is still involved but now they have brought in Colony co-creator Ryan Condal to build off of Kinberg’s work.
This movie isn’t a remake of the 1976 film (which modified the story in several ways, such as increasing the age of Lastday to 30), but is to be based on the original novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. It follows Logan, who works as a Deep Sleep Operative (also referred to as a “Sandman”) – the police of the of the post-apocalyptic world where population is strictly controlled. The Sandmen were charges with hunting down and executing “runners” – those who upon reaching the age of 21 refused to report to a “sleepshop”, where they were humanely executed to keep the population steady. The Sandmen use a gun that can fire different types of projectiles, including the dreaded “Homer” which zeros in on body hit and upon contact ignites every pain nerve in the body, causing an excruciatingly painful death. Logan decides to become a runner on his Lastday in order to track down and infiltrate an underground railroad for runners.
Call us cautiously optimistic. The current appetite for young adult post-apocalyptic action movies might increase the interest in finally getting this done.
The Agents of SHIELD will have some company on the TV dial with a new cable cousin – Marvel’s Legion has gotten an 8 episode order by FX. Fox’s X-Men production team of Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg along with Fargo‘s Noah Hawley head the project, which stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as David Haller, the son of Professor Xavier, who has struggled since he was a teen with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
Legion also stars Rachel Keller, Jean Smart and Aubrey Plaza. Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory with John Cameron (Fargo) are also producing.
The New York Post’s Page Six sent Jedi and Sith into a panic Monday when they said that the production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was in a “crisis” after Disney execs saw the first cut of the film and weren’t happy, also saying that the film was not “testing well”, and expensive reshoots were necessary.
It’s time to calm down, padawans.
Reshoots are not all that unusual, and were in fact done for The Force Awakens. They are done to help solidify the story when scenes need to be altered or added, which was exactly the reason they were done on the previous film. It allows for a tightened, superior film instead of something less so.
In addition, our sources tell us there have been no screenings for a test audience – only Disney brass have seen it outside the production team. And they simply want a solid movie in the franchise. A weak movie could have a detrimental effect on the following movies, including Episode VIII, and put future productions in jeopardy. Disney has the money, so they are going to pull out all the stops and make sure it is good.
The December 16th release date is not affected at this time as there was planned time for reshoots.