Niccol's new science fiction film I'm.mortal
I was reading about Andrew Niccol's new script called I'm.mortal, which is apparently close to being signed up by New Regency and made into a film, and as I read the blurb of the film I couldn't help thinking of another film that was never quite made, a much higher profile project.
Reading the blurb it does sound a lot like Logan's Run.
Here's what The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision have for the story blurb:
”The story is set in the not-too-distant future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality.
The protagonist is a poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as time keepers.”
Wow, to me that blurb for I'm.mortal sounds really similar. Of course the final film I'm sure will be far from it and deliver something much different, but reading it on paper the idea sounds incredibly similar.
The article also, as people feel the need to do these days, creates a category for this type of film, calling it social science fiction, apparently following on from District 9 (Filmstalker review) and Children of Men. Well Logan's Run was back in 1976, and it wasn't the only film like that.
I don't know why we feel the need to categorise and sub-categorise everything to the smallest degree.
Anyway, the connections are apparent, but there are also some key differences. There's this suggested trading in time, like some of these carbon trading schemes we hear about where companies are buying and selling the rights to pollute, and I'm sure there will be more when the film finally makes it to the big screen.
Except does the fact that films are coming out that are very similar to Logan's Run help the long gestated remake or not? If a few films come out on similar subjects, will audiences think there's no room for it? Does it deserve any special consideration because it's a remake of a great old film?