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Ryan Gosling steps out of the running for Nicolas Winding Refn's Logan's Run remake

Oct. 25, 2012by: Paul Shirey

In a Tweet from Variety's Justin Kroll today, he stated "Rough news for those LOGAN'S RUN fans, I can confirm Ryan Gosling is no longer attached to the project."  The remake was to be adapted by Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of DRIVE, which created a bit of an indie phenomenon and led the filmmaker to work again with Gosling on next year's ONLY GOD FORGIVES.  It seemed like a blossoming actor/director relationship was burgeoning (and likely still is), but it appears they will have to separate for a bit.

No word on why Gosling dropped out, but there's plenty of speculation to be had.  Goslings marketability on a tentpole film, his upcoming directorial debut HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, or it could simply be a matter of scheduling altogether.  Sometimes things just don't work out.  There's no indication that Refn is off the pic, but I'm sure news will follow shortly on the matter. 

I'm not particularly for or against a LOGAN'S RUN remake, so it's not a big deal to me, nor is it a big deal that Gosling isn't playing anymore.  However, I'm sure there were some that had hoped for a DRIVE meets LOGAN'S RUN style film, which they likely would've gotten (and still may, really).  Refn seems passionate about the adaptation and working out the kinks to tell it to a modern audience, saying, "I have done this, I've gone back, and I've seen the movie, I've seen the TV show and I've started to read the novels. I've read the first one. And I'm beginning to get an angle on it that I think could be interesting. I think the challenge with Logan's Run is that the premise is so brilliant, that the payoff will almost always be disappointing. Except, if you come up with something really, really, really, really brilliant."

Refn and Gosling's next team up, ONLY GOD FORGIVES will be released sometime in 2013.  More as LOGAN'S RUN develops.

Extra Tidbit: All right, let's recast this sucker. Who should replace Gosling?
Source: Indiewire

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12:58PM on 10/25/2012
I feel like this movie has been in the works for awhile and is still so far away from happening, that I wonder if Gosling's option just officially expired, yet unofficially still be on board. As if once the production actually picks up some momentum, he would still be willing and viable choice.
I feel like this movie has been in the works for awhile and is still so far away from happening, that I wonder if Gosling's option just officially expired, yet unofficially still be on board. As if once the production actually picks up some momentum, he would still be willing and viable choice.
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1:33PM on 10/25/2012
THIS IS BULLSHIT
THIS IS BULLSHIT
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2:35PM on 10/25/2012

Refn...

Should stay on to direct I know he'll do the remake justice IDK who can replace gosling. He's a great actor. Maybe Tom Hardy ?
Should stay on to direct I know he'll do the remake justice IDK who can replace gosling. He's a great actor. Maybe Tom Hardy ?
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2:35PM on 10/25/2012
Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
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2:54PM on 10/25/2012
I'm still down with a Logan's Run remake. Gosling being in or not is hardly a deal breaker. The ending will have to be changed though. The computer that controls the entire society literally blowing up when confronted with a paradox just won't work with today's audiences.

Spielberg taught us a story that worked 50 years ago might not translate too well today with War of the Worlds. Am I supposed to believe that a vastly more advanced alien species capable of interstellar travel would not
I'm still down with a Logan's Run remake. Gosling being in or not is hardly a deal breaker. The ending will have to be changed though. The computer that controls the entire society literally blowing up when confronted with a paradox just won't work with today's audiences.

Spielberg taught us a story that worked 50 years ago might not translate too well today with War of the Worlds. Am I supposed to believe that a vastly more advanced alien species capable of interstellar travel would not take into account microbes, and drink water out of a fricking basement? I'm sure the ending was mind blowing back in the 50's, but it just doesn't work today.
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5:11PM on 10/25/2012

I wouldn't be surprised if Refn drops out soon too...

this flick has been changing hands a lot, not to mention mums been the word for a while. With Gosling leaving I bet Refn will follow soon.
this flick has been changing hands a lot, not to mention mums been the word for a while. With Gosling leaving I bet Refn will follow soon.
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7:48AM on 10/26/2012

Who didn't see this coming?

I was waiting for Gosling to drop out, no doubt to star in yet another independent film, or a film adapted from a poem or something. I like Gosling, I really do, but sometimes I think the guy takes himself too seriously.
I was waiting for Gosling to drop out, no doubt to star in yet another independent film, or a film adapted from a poem or something. I like Gosling, I really do, but sometimes I think the guy takes himself too seriously.
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