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C'mon Hollywood: Don't F*ck up The Wolverine!

Feb. 21, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Fox takes a lot of heat (deservedly so) for mucking up the creative process when it comes to adapting their comic-to-film franchises (FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND come to mind) and X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE is a prime example. Let’s be honest; it was a f*cking mess, minus a few cool scenes. Jackman, who simply owns the role, did his part, and director Gavin Hood did the best he could with what he had, but the result was an unfocused mish-mash. The effects were shite, especially with Wolverine’s claws looking like they were animated for a Don Bluth film and every scene moved to the next at the pace of a movie trailer.

THE WOLVERINE could easily suffer the same fate, which would be a damn shame, especially for those who’d like to see a proper Wolverine film. Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN) signed on to direct the film originally, setting off awesome alarms everywhere. Aronofsky isn't the God of all directors, but he brought considerable clout and an artistic vision. His films are consistent from start to finish, which is precisely the problem with X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE; it wasn't.

Unfortunately, Aronofsky left the project, the first indicator that THE WOLVERINE could be in trouble, and the scramble to fill that void resulted in the hiring of James Mangold, whose primary claim to fame resides in WALK THE LINE and 3:10 TO YUMA, both of which are heavy on the drama. That could be seen as a bonus or a major drawback. THE WOLVERINE doesn’t need dramatic flair. It needs balance. The other issue that hangs over THE WOLVERINE is the source material, as it’s pulling from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine mini-series. The book established a massive set up for Logan, which has followed him up to current continuity. It’s a lot to live up to.

The screenplay for THE WOLVERINE by Christopher McQuarrie has been touted as “great.” I don’t doubt that it is. However, since Mangold came onboard, they’ve begun the rewrite process with another screenwriter, which could very well turn out to be another case of “here we go again.” Mangold has talked some good talk about his perception of the film, but in the end he’s going to have to deliver on that. However, it’s bound to be f*cked by the studio. The action will have to be amped up (20 ninjas instead of 10, more wire work stunts, more, more, more!) in order to meet that “check the block” list that Fox is looking for.

The remedy? First off, Mangold is going to have to be at the top of his game, ready to FIGHT for his vision of the film. He’s already going to have to stand in the shadow of what Aronofsky’s version could’ve been, so he damn well better be ready to get his hands dirty. His deeds will need to match his words.

Secondly, they’d better make Logan’s claws look believable and cool. That goes for the rest of the VFX. Third, either adapt Claremont’s version as it is or abandon the concept completely. Making it bigger and creating a slew of “all new, all better” action sequences is not the answer. It’s okay to embellish and stylize, but to make it something that it never was is pointless.

This will be PG-13, so don’t get your panties in a bunch over “this should be R!” It ain’t gonna happen and, in truth, it doesn’t need to be in order to be good. As much as I’d love to see some NINJA ASSASSIN blood spray, I don’t think it’s necessary for THE WOLVERINE to shine.

I think the only way for THE WOLVERINE to deliver is to let Mangold, Jackman, and the production crew simply make their movie and for Fox to STAY THE F*CK OUT OF THE WAY. However, if the studio cooks are in the proverbial kitchen mucking up the ingredients while the chefs are at the stove, then we’re gonna get a celluloid shit pie akin to the mess that was the last film, rather than a properly baked film. For once, Fox, let the people you hire do the work you hired them to do; the fans will thank you, both with words and their wallets.

With a release date set for July 26th, 2013, that gives all involved plenty of time to get their shit together and deliver a film that satisfies in all the ways the last one didn’t. Here’s to hoping.

Extra Tidbit: Mangold could knock it out of the park, no doubt. However, we all have our own choices as to who should helm a Wolverine flick. Who's yours?
Source: Joblo.com

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5:04PM on 02/21/2012
It doesn't even matter anymore. There will never be a decent xmen/wolverine film until Fox gives the rights back to Marvel. After what they did to Deadpool, I have lost all faith in them. F.U FOX!
It doesn't even matter anymore. There will never be a decent xmen/wolverine film until Fox gives the rights back to Marvel. After what they did to Deadpool, I have lost all faith in them. F.U FOX!
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5:02PM on 02/21/2012
they already fucked him up in that spin off.
they already fucked him up in that spin off.
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2:55PM on 02/21/2012

"deservedly so"...& then some!

You know...as a comic-book movie fan, it still stings when I think back to all that drama/studio-exec infighting in 2005 that led to a Bryan Singer-less X3. Can you imagine how awesome the "Dark Phoenix Saga" would've been had FOX just let Singer finish his previous deal, direct "Superman Returns" (of which I am a staunch defender) & THEN come back (albeit later than 2006) for a "proper" X3?

Nope. Instead FOX hires Brett "Hack Extraordinaire!" Ratner & Simon Kinberg who then totally ignore
You know...as a comic-book movie fan, it still stings when I think back to all that drama/studio-exec infighting in 2005 that led to a Bryan Singer-less X3. Can you imagine how awesome the "Dark Phoenix Saga" would've been had FOX just let Singer finish his previous deal, direct "Superman Returns" (of which I am a staunch defender) & THEN come back (albeit later than 2006) for a "proper" X3?

Nope. Instead FOX hires Brett "Hack Extraordinaire!" Ratner & Simon Kinberg who then totally ignore the [link] impact of events that took place during X2...thereby completely screwing up what could've been 1 of the coolest 3rd [link] of a popular superhero franchise!

Long rant made short, what i'm trying to say is: DAMN YOU FOX FOR FUCKING UP X-MEN 3!!!

...ok, sorry, just had to get that out.
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3:02PM on 02/21/2012
Nope. Instead FOX hires Brett "Hack Extraordinaire!" Ratner & Simon Kinberg who then totally ignore the [link] impact of events that took place during X2...thereby completely screwing up what could've been 1 of the coolest 3rd [link] of a popular superhero franchise!

Long rant made short, I guess what I'm trying to say is: DAMN YOU FOX FOR FUCKING UP X-MEN 3!!!

...ok, sorry, just had to get that out.
Nope. Instead FOX hires Brett "Hack Extraordinaire!" Ratner & Simon Kinberg who then totally ignore the [link] impact of events that took place during X2...thereby completely screwing up what could've been 1 of the coolest 3rd [link] of a popular superhero franchise!

Long rant made short, I guess what I'm trying to say is: DAMN YOU FOX FOR FUCKING UP X-MEN 3!!!

...ok, sorry, just had to get that out.
2:22PM on 02/21/2012
Aronofsky was the only reason I was even excited about The Wolverine. And yes, I do consider Aronofsky to be a filmmaking god.
Aronofsky was the only reason I was even excited about The Wolverine. And yes, I do consider Aronofsky to be a filmmaking god.
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1:30PM on 02/21/2012
I think that this would be perfect for Alex Proyas.
I think that this would be perfect for Alex Proyas.
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12:48PM on 02/21/2012

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My recommendation for a director to helm Wolverine would be Neil Marshall or maybe Neill Blomkamp. But that's just me.
My recommendation for a director to helm Wolverine would be Neil Marshall or maybe Neill Blomkamp. But that's just me.
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7:37PM on 02/21/2012
Blomkamp would be a great choice. Marshall would be good, too, but I almost feel like he'd miss any kind of depth. He's a fun director, but he's kind of campy, too. Still, I'd take him over Mangold.
Blomkamp would be a great choice. Marshall would be good, too, but I almost feel like he'd miss any kind of depth. He's a fun director, but he's kind of campy, too. Still, I'd take him over Mangold.
12:42PM on 02/21/2012

I doubt they can fuck it up

Cause the first one was a big pile of fucking shit.
Cause the first one was a big pile of fucking shit.
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1:03PM on 02/21/2012
I'm sure someone said the same thing before Fantastic Four 2 came out as well, heh
I'm sure someone said the same thing before Fantastic Four 2 came out as well, heh
10:14AM on 02/21/2012
If I was in charge, John Hyams would be directing this. Just watch Universal Soldier: Regeneration.
If I was in charge, John Hyams would be directing this. Just watch Universal Soldier: Regeneration.
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10:06AM on 02/21/2012
I want a good Wolverine movie but I've ceased to really care. They've milked the shit out of Wolverine and X-men and it's just tiring. I know how the story will unfold, what's the point? Fox is going to douchetize the whole project and you know exactly what to expect from action movies these days:

A supergod character tearing through a bajillion cgi ninjas with zero tension, a bunch of overblown character introductions that are way too all about themselves, and a cheesy melodramatic
I want a good Wolverine movie but I've ceased to really care. They've milked the shit out of Wolverine and X-men and it's just tiring. I know how the story will unfold, what's the point? Fox is going to douchetize the whole project and you know exactly what to expect from action movies these days:

A supergod character tearing through a bajillion cgi ninjas with zero tension, a bunch of overblown character introductions that are way too all about themselves, and a cheesy melodramatic ending. Nothing will hit the audience emotionally nor really get their adrenaline up, because you all know damn well we're just going to get a hollow video game cinematic instead of a real movie.
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9:01AM on 02/21/2012
Honestly, i think the concept of "Wolverine vs. Ninjas in Japan" is doomed to fail in the hands of Fox and a subpar director. This is something that is very difficulty to pull off in the first place, but without a visionary like Aronofsky, it's just going to be a jumbled, effects-driven mess of disposable mutant ninjas with bad accents.
Honestly, i think the concept of "Wolverine vs. Ninjas in Japan" is doomed to fail in the hands of Fox and a subpar director. This is something that is very difficulty to pull off in the first place, but without a visionary like Aronofsky, it's just going to be a jumbled, effects-driven mess of disposable mutant ninjas with bad accents.
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7:40PM on 02/21/2012
I tend to agree. I think that Fox will see the story with Ninjas involved and want to put it on steroids. Which is just asinine. The movie doesn't need Power Rangers stuntwork. It needs Ninja Assassin level stuntwork with a heavy focus on Logan. Not Logan and the Blob and Deadpool and Sabretooth and Gambit and everyone else they can cram into a packed house. That's where they'll fail. The movie is called THE WOLVERINE. Not THE WOLVERINE and FRIENDS. We'll see if they can take a hint.
I tend to agree. I think that Fox will see the story with Ninjas involved and want to put it on steroids. Which is just asinine. The movie doesn't need Power Rangers stuntwork. It needs Ninja Assassin level stuntwork with a heavy focus on Logan. Not Logan and the Blob and Deadpool and Sabretooth and Gambit and everyone else they can cram into a packed house. That's where they'll fail. The movie is called THE WOLVERINE. Not THE WOLVERINE and FRIENDS. We'll see if they can take a hint.
7:26AM on 02/21/2012
I haven't checked out the new Ghost Rider movie yet but from what I read so it's not that good. In terms of sequel, I just hope the next Wolverine movie will not suffer the same fate as the new Ghost Rider movie.
I haven't checked out the new Ghost Rider movie yet but from what I read so it's not that good. In terms of sequel, I just hope the next Wolverine movie will not suffer the same fate as the new Ghost Rider movie.
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5:33AM on 02/21/2012
I'm confident that it will be thorougly watchable and ejoyable mostly because Hugh Jackman is so bad ass. It seems that I'm the only person that thought that Wolverine Origins was actually pretty good.
I'm confident that it will be thorougly watchable and ejoyable mostly because Hugh Jackman is so bad ass. It seems that I'm the only person that thought that Wolverine Origins was actually pretty good.
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7:41PM on 02/21/2012
Checking out the new Ghost Rider movie is like checking out a mangled animal corpse on the side of the road. You may be curious, but that shit is dead.
Checking out the new Ghost Rider movie is like checking out a mangled animal corpse on the side of the road. You may be curious, but that shit is dead.
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4:52AM on 02/21/2012
Yeah, I agree with what you have to say about how to make The Wolverine good, although it seems to me like Fox may have started to finally wise up, based on how X-Men and Apes both turned out last year. Hopefully, those movies taught them a much-needed lesson about how to treat their properties with respect.
Yeah, I agree with what you have to say about how to make The Wolverine good, although it seems to me like Fox may have started to finally wise up, based on how X-Men and Apes both turned out last year. Hopefully, those movies taught them a much-needed lesson about how to treat their properties with respect.
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