Ken Levine actually got his start as a screenwriter and playwright before breaking into the video game business. The remake is said to be a passion project for the writer, who will still develop video games through his Irrational Games company while working on the script.
The original Logan's Run, released in 1976, is set in a world where everyone must be willingly executed by the age of 21. Those who try to test their fate are known as "runners," and are chased down by Sandmen. Michael York starred as a Sandman named Logan 5, who becomes a runner himself when he reaches the maximum age of 30. He ventures outside of the domed city where all of humanity lives, to take his chances in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Several filmmakers have tried to bring this remake to the big screen in recent years, such as Carl Rinsch (47 Ronin), Alex Garland (Dredd 3D), and Will Beall (Gangster Squad). Most recently, director Nicolas Winding Refn planned on reuniting with his Drive star Ryan Gosling for this project, before the actor bowed out in October.