James Mangold discusses Wolverine

It will be like a ninja western.....

Written by ronin
Published about over 5 years ago. Filed Under: Movies

Ah The Wolverine.... the semi anticipated movie to the awful sequel X-men Origins:Wolverine, has had a difficult journey as the titular character, but without all the interesting bits. We know that the story will be focused on the Japan arc, but since James Magnold (Walk The Line and 3:10 to Yuma (awesome western!)) was brought on to replace Darren Aronofsky, nothing substantial has been released.

However, things do appear to be moving again, with director James Mangold having discussed his vision for the project. And whilst we’re loathe to get too excited about this just yet, we have to admit, his ideas sound great. Magnold explained that

The fact that half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese means 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.

Interesting to hear that a lot of the film maybe subtitled. It shows a sign of authenticity that well help the viewer immerse themselves into the movie.

I think part of the reason I’m doing this picture is because it isn’t to me a conventional superhero movie. It isn’t an origin story, so I’m freed from that burden, and it also isn’t a save-the-world movie, which most of them are.

Magnold is spot on here. The movie will probably have more in common with The Last Samurai then Avengers. Plus it also will give him the opportunity to ignore the sh@tbag that is X-men Origins.

“I actually think it has more in common with The Outlaw Josey Wales and Chinatown, than the conventional, ‘will Wolverine and his compatriots save the world from this thermonuclear device’ question. This movie is much more an intense psychological and action-packed character piece, that’s much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture.

For thoee who have seen 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, know that this man knows his westerns and he has a proven track record to bring compelling characters to the screen (thanks of course to talented actors). he further went on to add that

The fighting is going to be unique because it’s all influenced by Japanese martial arts.

I love Jackman as Wolverine (especially in X-men First Class!) but have always had a problem with his inability to fight like Wolverine from the comics. Hopefully this will address that.

Mangold also stated that he was initially hesitant about the project.

I spoke to Darren a bit about it before I ended up taking it on. When Darren stepped off, I was in the middle of doing a lot of other things, and when it was brought up to me, I actually didn’t even consider it for the very reasons you’re talking about… I could hear all of the media swirl about it.

Several months went by and I hadn’t even really read it, [but] I kind of took it in [when] a lot of that hand-wringing had kind of died down. What I saw was some really promising material, and to me an interesting character played by a great friend of mine who’s a terrific actor, Hugh Jackman.

Since then, Mangold has been hard at work re-writing Chris McQuarrie’s original script, collaborating with Die Hard 4 scribbler Mark Bomback to tell the story he wants to tell.

Mark Bomback and myself have done a tremendous amount of writing on the movie. There’s not a page that hasn’t been worked and reworked and rethought and story-boarded.

Big fan of Magnold and Jackman, so really looking forward to this, especially after hearing his thoughts above. Only problem, it is a Fox film, and they have a high propensity of making movies suck more than a porn star.


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