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James Mangold talks Wolverine, promises a character piece

10.31.2011

As sad I was that Darren Aronofsky left THE WOLVERINE, I’ve been a bit reassured by new director James Mangold that the film still might turn out well. Most of the old script is being kept, and it sounds like a much more understated affair than most superhero films these days.

Mangold recently talked to The Playlist about the film, and had a lot to say about how he plans to handle it.

"You can actually just tell a story about this amazing character from the start, just the way they do when you read a comic. 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. It’s actually a character piece; it has more in common with The Outlaw Josey Wales and Chinatown. We’re not crowded with cutting to nine other action heroes. We can really make a movie about this dude.”

"This movie is an intense psychological and action-packed character piece," Mangold promises. "It's much more about Logan getting lost in these very insulated worlds of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture. The fighting is all influenced by Japanese martial arts, and half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese. This is like a foreign-language superhero movie; it's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film.”

You know, that honestly sounds awesome and EXACTLY how this movie should be. The first WOLVERINE was such a let down because it was essentially a retelling of his origin (which we saw in X2 already) mixed with the usual “too many mutants” problem of these movies, and the character of Wolverine got lost.

I also like how there’s not a “save the world” endgame, as really, who says that the earth always has to be at stake in all these superhero movies? Why can’t you tell a different kind of story using these characters? And it sounds like that’s what they’re going to do.

Extra Tidbit: Please keep it to a five mutant maximum please. Three is preferable.
Source: The Playlist

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2:39PM on 11/02/2011

Still not caring.

Broken record time: Aronofsky was it. The man's sense for character would have made this one of if not the most intriguing comic hero film.
Mangold is an incapable hack who can't hold his shit together for 90 minutes anymore. I can hardly discern his work from Marc Forster's. His only good film is "Copland" and I don't expect that to change with "The Wolverine".
Broken record time: Aronofsky was it. The man's sense for character would have made this one of if not the most intriguing comic hero film.
Mangold is an incapable hack who can't hold his shit together for 90 minutes anymore. I can hardly discern his work from Marc Forster's. His only good film is "Copland" and I don't expect that to change with "The Wolverine".
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3:00PM on 11/02/2011
Have you not seen Walk The Line or 3:10 to Yuma or Identity? He is anything but a hack.
Have you not seen Walk The Line or 3:10 to Yuma or Identity? He is anything but a hack.
11:06PM on 11/02/2011
Have you seen any good movies? Because those three you just mentioned are all pretty terrible. Of course, it's all subjective :D
Have you seen any good movies? Because those three you just mentioned are all pretty terrible. Of course, it's all subjective :D
11:56AM on 11/02/2011

The first Origin was unfortunate

The first movie would have been fine if they had just stuck to the Wolverine Origins Comic storyline. But they had to Hollywood it all up. The life of the child, his friendship with Dog, the affair, the murder, the flight to lumber camp, and the death of his first love. Let's hope they get it right this time.
The first movie would have been fine if they had just stuck to the Wolverine Origins Comic storyline. But they had to Hollywood it all up. The life of the child, his friendship with Dog, the affair, the murder, the flight to lumber camp, and the death of his first love. Let's hope they get it right this time.
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4:54PM on 11/01/2011
it'll be the studio that adds more water to this whiskey unfortunately.
it'll be the studio that adds more water to this whiskey unfortunately.
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8:21PM on 10/31/2011
For the love of god PLEASE don't let there be shitty CGI claws.
For the love of god PLEASE don't let there be shitty CGI claws.
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6:12PM on 10/31/2011
Well its called The Wolverine after all so of course it should be all about him, he has never been a typical comic character & thats why he intruigues fans so much, hopefully this will be the movie Origins should of been & Mangold is a great director.
Well its called The Wolverine after all so of course it should be all about him, he has never been a typical comic character & thats why he intruigues fans so much, hopefully this will be the movie Origins should of been & Mangold is a great director.
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5:26PM on 10/31/2011
I like how he commented about how all these movies are about the end of the world, it is tough to make a unique plot, at the same time it seems just like a random mishmash of ideas, but i think james mangold is capable hands
I like how he commented about how all these movies are about the end of the world, it is tough to make a unique plot, at the same time it seems just like a random mishmash of ideas, but i think james mangold is capable hands
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5:13PM on 10/31/2011
This sounds excellent!! Im really excited to see if Mangold delivers!!
This sounds excellent!! Im really excited to see if Mangold delivers!!
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5:06PM on 10/31/2011
This sounded so much more intriguing when Darren Aronofsky was at the helm. I mean C'MON IT WAS DARREN ARONOFSKY! The same guy that brought us Pi, Requiem, and The Wrestler (I wasn't on the band wagon for Black Swan) was going to direct a WOLVERINE MOVIE! How freakin' epic was that?! Talk about greatest super hero movie of all time.
This sounded so much more intriguing when Darren Aronofsky was at the helm. I mean C'MON IT WAS DARREN ARONOFSKY! The same guy that brought us Pi, Requiem, and The Wrestler (I wasn't on the band wagon for Black Swan) was going to direct a WOLVERINE MOVIE! How freakin' epic was that?! Talk about greatest super hero movie of all time.
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5:08PM on 10/31/2011
^@chambc: Thank you.
^@chambc: Thank you.
9:18PM on 10/31/2011
I completely agree...
I completely agree...
3:51PM on 10/31/2011

Something's wrong with the site, guys....

Everything's all out of order....better fix it, quick!
Everything's all out of order....better fix it, quick!
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2:11PM on 10/31/2011

Excellent...

Sounds like you're on the right track James. Just watch your back though, Fox is out there somewhere!
Sounds like you're on the right track James. Just watch your back though, Fox is out there somewhere!
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1:24PM on 10/31/2011

Great director, shitty studio

I love how Mangold has envisioned this thing. Sounds like it could be so damn awesome if only it were kept that way. But unfortunately, I'm 24 now and have been watching superhero flicks since I was 12 so I'm no longer naive or stupid. I know what Fox is capable of, and while Mangold may be a great director, this just seems too 'intellectual' for Fox's tastes. Besides, how will they sell toys to the kiddies with this type of story and with half the folk speaking Japanese?
I love how Mangold has envisioned this thing. Sounds like it could be so damn awesome if only it were kept that way. But unfortunately, I'm 24 now and have been watching superhero flicks since I was 12 so I'm no longer naive or stupid. I know what Fox is capable of, and while Mangold may be a great director, this just seems too 'intellectual' for Fox's tastes. Besides, how will they sell toys to the kiddies with this type of story and with half the folk speaking Japanese?
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1:16PM on 10/31/2011
We hear this chatter from film makers every single time a hotly contest/well known property is being developed for the screen and usually it turns out to be far more conventional than they'd like to admit, so while I like James Mangold's style, I wouldn't hold my breath over his statements.
We hear this chatter from film makers every single time a hotly contest/well known property is being developed for the screen and usually it turns out to be far more conventional than they'd like to admit, so while I like James Mangold's style, I wouldn't hold my breath over his statements.
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1:05PM on 10/31/2011
I'm actually interested in this now. Aronofsky interested me back then, but I've lately grown jaded to super-hero movies, and I think Mangold just hit on why - so many of them rehash the same old set-ups.
I'm actually interested in this now. Aronofsky interested me back then, but I've lately grown jaded to super-hero movies, and I think Mangold just hit on why - so many of them rehash the same old set-ups.
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12:50PM on 10/31/2011
I wish I could believe this is how it'll end up, but seeing as Fox has this little habit of studio interference ... yeah.
I wish I could believe this is how it'll end up, but seeing as Fox has this little habit of studio interference ... yeah.
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12:44PM on 10/31/2011
Yes, this sounds great! Please please please stick to your guns and make the movie just as you are describing it. Wolverine is kind of like Batman. His movies should not feel like every other damn comic book movie on the market. They should stand out and be boldly different.
Yes, this sounds great! Please please please stick to your guns and make the movie just as you are describing it. Wolverine is kind of like Batman. His movies should not feel like every other damn comic book movie on the market. They should stand out and be boldly different.
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12:28PM on 10/31/2011

Yesssssss.

Mangold kicks much ass, I'm very excited about this. That whole description just plasters a huge smile across my face.
Mangold kicks much ass, I'm very excited about this. That whole description just plasters a huge smile across my face.
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12:21PM on 10/31/2011

two words

Fuck.Yes.
Fuck.Yes.
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