With director James Mangold officially tapped to helm The Wolverine sometime next year, The Playlist caught up with the helmer and picked his brain on bringing the comic superhero back into theaters for another adventure. He also addressed the exit of previous helmer Darren Aronofsky and rewriting Christopher McQuarrie's original screenplay alongside writer Mark Bomback.
When asked why the story intrigued him, Mangold responded to the website with "It's a kind of adventure following such a unique character also in a really unique environment. I mean, the fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese, this is like a foreign-language superhero movie that's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir, with high-octane action as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film.
"[It's] much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture," he explains. "The fighting is going to be unique because it's all influenced by Japanese martial arts... I think more than anything, it's a character piece, asking really interesting questions that are what pulled me in about what it means to be immortal. What is it to live forever, when you lose everyone you've ever loved? Either you watch them get killed, or you just lose them by attrition. What is it to feel the burden of saving mankind through all of its mistakes, over and over and over again. What's the toll it takes on you as a living being that is somehow living this Frankensteinian, eternal life?"
He talks about discussing the project with Aronofsky in the full interview.