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Creative collaborations often define careers for both parties involved. The favorable examples of this can be found in the likes of Scorsese/Robert De Niro, Kurosawa/Mifune, and Hitchcock/Stewart. Though nowhere near as established, it's hard to deny the cinematic spark in the team-up of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling in 'Drive.' Seemingly on the strength of that spark, two more collaborations were lined up: boxing drama 'Only God Forgives' and the 'Logan's Run' remake. Now it appears Ryan Gosling has exited the latter, though at the moment it seems Refn is still slated to direct. The news was broken via tweet from Variety's Justin Kroll...
"Rough news for those LOGAN'S RUN fans, I can confirm Ryan Gosling is no longer attached to the project"
I'm disappointed by this news...to an extent. On the one hand, it would have been interesting to see what Gosling did with the role especially considering he would again be under the direction of Refn. However, I really didn't understand the impetus for remaking 'Logan's Run' in the first place. It's a barely thought-provoking dystopian sci-fi concept that has actually been explored to better effect in many other books and movies. The appeal of 'Logan's Run' is therefore inexorable from the era in which it was made; the specificity of 70s sci-fi aesthetics. Why then try to recapture that hokey silliness in a contemporary science-fiction flick? This does make me wonder however what is was about the project that made Gosling depart? Was it just his schedule or was there something about the movie that displeased him? If the latter is the case, should we be concerned?
What do you guys think? Does Gosling's departure dissuade you from seeing the new 'Logan's Run?' Were you even excited about it in the first place?