Still waiting on that BioShock Infinite DLC? You’re not the only one. These days, we expect extra content to be released shortly after the full game is out. That’s just been the business model lately. Now it seems like we may have our answer as to why this is taking so long.
Warner Bros has decided to hire Irrational Games Creative Director Ken Levine to write the script for a remake of Logan’s Run that’s been in the works since the mid 90’s. This has been considered a “passion project” by Levine as he assured BioShock Infinite fans that he is still focused on getting extra content out.
The cult classic 1976 film was based on the 1967 novel Logan’s Run written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton. The current remake has seen a number of directors (Skip Woods, Bryan Singer, Joseph Kosinski), writers (Dan Harris, Christopher McQuarrie, Alex Garland), and actors (Ryan Gosling, Rose Byrne) come and go. This latest addition will mark the first time Levine has written a non-video game related screenplay since before getting his start at Looking Glass Studios in 1995.
Considering how successful he has been in the gaming industry, it’s hard to imagine Ken Levine totally leaving it behind for Hollywood. Although this hasn’t been implied, the lure of big budget movies may be enough to bring someone of his credence on board. There has been a bit of a backlash from writers lately claiming that writing for games is restrictive due to having to work the narrative and plot around gameplay elements.
Susan O’Connor, most notable for BioShock, Far Cry 2, and the Tomb Raider reboot, has been extremely vocal about this. In an interview she had with Gameological.com, she never outright claims she would leave writing for games but instead chooses to strongly hint at the notion in the following sentence.
“I’ve been working in games for a long time, and I’m grateful for the success, and it’s been great, but I really want to tell different kinds of stories, and I don’t know if games are the right kind of place for the stories I want to tell.”
Are games inhibiting to writers? Can Ken Levine turn things around for Logan’s Run? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!