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Mangold Talks WOLVERINE

Director James Mangold Talks about The Wolverine

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 30, 2011
Source: The Playlist

Hugh Jackman As Wolverine
© Fox

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.




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tallman 10/30/2011 8:35:21 AM

 Blah blah blah. Just make the film and stop yapping on about it. It could be good given the silver samurai story line from the comics but we all know how they like to "change things". Here's hoping tho ay?

InnerSanctum 10/30/2011 10:52:22 AM

 He is no longer the Silver Samurai.  They now call him Tainted Steel.  

fatpantz 10/30/2011 11:08:10 AM

And the most recent draft has chanced that yet again to the Steel Taint.....

tallman 10/30/2011 12:24:19 PM

 Are you sure its not remmington steel?

InnerSanctum 10/30/2011 3:54:19 PM

 They really should have a way to "like" comments.  

vitieddie 10/30/2011 4:07:29 PM

agree with the "stop yapping" ... and pls dont make it PG

Wiseguy 10/30/2011 4:26:39 PM

Ditto. With all the starts and stops so far I hope they don't mangle the story.

jedibanner 10/31/2011 6:22:44 AM

So Wolverine is immortal now? Since when???

Freak i would hope people who make comic movies would READ A GODDAMM COMIC BOOK ONCE I A WHILE!!!!!

I mean come on....the guy ain't immortal, he can die, he just ages slower, big difference from not aging at all, this ain't High;ander you pansies.

Already have a bad feeling about this.

lusiphur 10/31/2011 6:23:31 AM

 I like what he's saying, but I agree that they need to get going on this so it can be released before the world ends.  ;-p

@vitieddie - you made the hair stand up on the back of my neck when you mentioned the rating.  They'll probably push for a strong PG-13, but the story as it was originally presented should be R rated.  All depends on who they plan to market it to.  My guess is kids because, after all, it is a comic book movie.  And comics are for kids.  Right? <insert sarcastic chortle>

metalpause 10/31/2011 10:31:14 AM

Bony claws or Adamantium? (Yes, I know my lore.)

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