Singer plans redo of 1976 pic

Bryan Singer will direct a remake of “Logan’s Run” for Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver.

The sci-fi action film about a man trying to escape a mandatory death sentence on his 21st birthday is being fast-tracked to start production this year.

“I was drawn to X-Men” because of its universal issues of tolerance,” said Singer. “This deals with a utopian society, but also with the obsession of youth and mortality. I’ve already started working with my ‘X2′ production designer, Gy Dyas, to create a visual world we’ve never seen before.”

“The novel contains a great idea for a film, and Bryan has found a way to go back to it and use his technical abilities to make a huge sci-fi adventure film,” said Silver.

Ethan Gross and Paul Todisco, with Singer, are penning a script, and the studio plans to release the pic in 2005. No stars have been cast as of yet.

The 1976 original pic, released by MGM, starred Michael York as a man who tries to outrun cops who kill everyone who reaches 30 to alleviate overpopulation. Singer and Silver are lowering that age to 21, as it was in the William Nolan novel, which means a showy role for a young actor.

Singer, who just signed an overall deal at Fox, is expected to tackle “Logan’s Run” before he gets back to the “X-Men” franchise.

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