Simon Kinberg Says Logan's Run Could Become a Hunger Games-esque Franchise

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 12:55PM
The Hunger Games
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 - 12:55PM
Simon Kinberg Says Logan's Run Could Become a Hunger Games-esque Franchise
With the final Hunger Games installment coming out this weekend, there will soon be a vacancy for the next huge young adult franchise to fill. Divergent and Maze Runner still have a couple of chapters to go, but neither of those series has ever reached the dizzying heights of Hunger Games. Now, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg says Warner Bros is angling for their newly acquired property, Logan's Run, to become the next big thing with the teen set. 

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"We are talking to directors for that movie [right now]," Kinberg, who recently joined the project to write the story treatment, told Collider. It definitely is [a priority for the studio]. It's something that potentially is their Hunger Games kind of franchise that is about a younger audience for a younger audience with a big idea. And Logan's Run, as you know, is the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and so many of these books and movies now. So yeah, they're seeing it as a potentially really big franchise."
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Like The Hunger Games, Logan's Run has a premise that necessitates a younger cast of characters, and therefore a younger audience. It takes place in a "utopian" world which kills every person who reaches the age of 30 in order to control the population levels and improve the quality of life for the remaining citizens. Although the classic film is likely more suited to a standalone movie than a series treatment, Kinberg insists that the remake will retain most of the plot points from the original:

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"There's a lot from the original movie. I love the original movie and I think the storytelling in the original movie is pretty wonderful. The set up is great, I think there's a lot of world creation that's pretty awesome as well, though ultimately that'll be the director's domain. But yeah there's a lot from the original film in it, and then there's a lot of-I guess I would call it reinterpretation from the original film rather than just a whole scale recreation."
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