Bioshock director Ken Levine writing Logan’s Run remake


Well this is interesting. Ken Levine, creative director of Irrational Studios, responsible most famously for the Bioshock franchise and and less famously for SWAT 4 and Thief: The Dark Project, has been picked by Warner Bros. to write the remake of Logan’s Run. The article says that Jon Berg, who has worked on VFX for a number of films, will be overseeing the project, but I can’t say for sure what that actually means. In fact, a lot of information about this project at the moment is vague and confusing. As far as Nicolas Winding Refn’s role in the project… I don’t actually know. Ryan Gosling left the film last last year and it was rumored that Refn might follow, but there doesn’t appear to be any indication that that ever happened. Apparently the the project was put on hold back in March, but what this news means for that is also unclear. In fact, there’s a lot that’s unclear about the future of the project, but hey! There’s a new writer, and it’s Ken Levine!

Levine got his start doing screenplays and stage plays before joining the game industry, so this will be like something of a homecoming for him. Even so, since his most famous game narrative (Bioshock) is so focused on the role of player agency in games, it will be interesting to see how he adapts to a non-interactive medium. It seems like an appropriate project, though, because if his previous work is any indication, the guy’s got a bit of a thing for violent dystopias.

[Via Deadline]