In the span of a year, actor Ryan Gosling has gone from being one of the Titans in Remember the Titans to become one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood. Paramount had him on a short wishlist to be Jack Ryan in the studio’s reboot of Tom Clancy’s famous character. Yet Gosling seemed more content with the work than the spectacle. But now it looks like he’s ready to go somewhere he hasn’t gone before. He’s ready to test his visibility as a leading man in a tent pole project. Warner Bros. has been trying to get its long-gestating remake of Logan’s Run off the ground, but didn’t have a star or director in place. Now it looks like it is finally coming to fruition.
The studio is finalizing a deal with Gosling and his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Prior to Gosling and Refn’s involvement, Bryan Singer was eyeing it as a possible directing feature, then came Carl Erik Rinsch, who later bolted to work with Keanu Reeves on 47 Ronins.
In Logan’s Run, Gosling will play Logan 5, a “Sandman” whose job it was to put to permanent sleep those who try to escape mandatory death, the downside of the blissful existence in the domed city that protects the inhabitants who survived a 23rd Century apocalypse. In the William F. Nolan novel, the age of extinction was 21, but was changed in the original film to match up with original star Michael York, who was 30 at the time. Which, coincidentally, Gosling just turned.
Tags: Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling