Logan's Run movie
- Billing Displacement: STARRING FARRAH FAWCETT — TV Guide ad. Except Jenny Agutter was the female lead, and Farrah's role was a minor part as an assistant in a face-lift shop.
- Dawson Casting: Michael York was already in his late thirties. Jenny Agutter was 24, playing a 17-year-old. The main reason the death-age was raised, from 21 in the novel to 30 in the movie, was because the actors chosen to play the roles could never pass as teenagers. Richard Jordan (Francis 7) was 38 years old during filming. This also bypasses issues with the limited hours younger actors can work — not to mention the uncomfortable implications for some of sexually-active 14- and 15-year-old "adults".
- Development Hell: A remake has been in the works for some time now. How long? Let's put it this way. One old website says that one plan was to cast Leonardo DiCaprio "of Romeo & Juliet fame". In other words, plans have been in the works since before Titanic (1997).
- Disowned Adaptation: William F. Nolan has made his displeasure with the film known.
- Executive Meddling: The powers that be insisted that many important scenes be cut so the result would be rated PG. We still get a quick glimpse of some bare ta-tas, though. Think of it as Movie Ratings March On. PG used to be much more permissive before the creation of the PG-13 rating.
- Follow the Leader:
- Try to explain the plot of the movie to somebody who hasn't seen it. "Um, in a dystopian future, there are cops who hunt people down for trying to exceed their government-mandated lifespans..." Similarity to any later film is a coincidence. It kinda is just coincidence considering that Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel Blade Runner is based on, came out in 1968, only one year after the release of the novel Logan's Run. Might be more. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is about people hunting down robots passing for humans. Blade Runner added the whole government-mandate lifespan thing.
- In Time seems a better comparison, to the point one might wonder if it is an offshoot or dueling movie to the hellbound remake.
- Throw It In: In the final scene when the crowd is gathering in awe around the Old Man, one of the extras gives the Vulcan salute that is of course familiar from Star Trek. The director probably either didn't recognize it or didn't mind it in the least. At the time this film was made, Star Trek was still just some obscure cancelled TV show from The '60s and had yet to catch on with the general public. It wouldn't have its own official revival until three years later.
Logan's Run series
- Recycled: The Series: Saul David and MGM studios had no dreams of a TV series when they were filming the movie.