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Logan director says the final Wolverine film won't be a "CG f*ckathon"

11.23.2016

Empire sat down recently with director James Mangold to talk about his new small, indie film about an obscure character from the funny pages, LOGAN. Advertised as the final Wolverine picture starring Hugh Jackman (though, then again, The Rolling Stones have had, what, like fifteen "Final Tours" by now?), so there's definitely a lot riding on this film to be the great swan song that the character, and actor, deserve. Here's what Mangold had to say:

The goal was to make something human...We made an effort to scale back on the gloss and greenscreen...[so] if you’re on the make for a hyper choreographed, gravity defying, city-block destroying CG fuckathon, this ain’t your movie.

Star Hugh Jackman expanded on this:

It's essential you see this as the story of a man who is struggling with mortality and legacy...and whether the world has been better off with him or without him.

Well, that's certainly reassuring, and it fits what the recent trailer was selling as well. Let's just hope the film lives up to that promise.

Now I haven't been keen on what I've seen of the film so far (it looks like a VOD BOOK OF ELI sequel to me), but I'm aware I may be the only one who thinks that (well, if the comments are anything to go by anyway). And, quite frankly? I'm just hoping for the best, and am honestly glad that people are digging it. If ever there was a time for me to eat crow, I hope it would be about this film. You know the old saying, "I hate being right all the time?" PLEASE, as a fan of the X-MEN films and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, let me be wrong about this one.

In any case, LOGAN will slice its way into theaters March 3rd, 2017.

Extra Tidbit: Wolverine, who always had a mysterious past, found out that his real name is Logan from a f*cking Leprechaun in the comics. I shit you not.
Source: Empire

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10:11AM on 11/26/2016
Iím looking forward to this, a Marvel Character treated seriously at last. Hopefully!
Iím looking forward to this, a Marvel Character treated seriously at last. Hopefully!
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9:28PM on 11/23/2016

Fingers crossed


I hope they get it right this time. I named my son Logan because I loved Jackman portrayal so much!
Can't wait to hang the movie poster in his room!

I hope they get it right this time. I named my son Logan because I loved Jackman portrayal so much!
Can't wait to hang the movie poster in his room!
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10:30AM on 11/24/2016
Tell me you added balance by giving him a middle name of Hugh
Tell me you added balance by giving him a middle name of Hugh
6:32PM on 11/23/2016

Trying to be positive but..

While I'm happy this won't be a Michael Bay type trash movie..So far it does look joyless. Maybe that's the point but damn how depressing.
While I'm happy this won't be a Michael Bay type trash movie..So far it does look joyless. Maybe that's the point but damn how depressing.
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5:17PM on 11/23/2016

This movie needs a Skull Shaped Ship and a Giant Spider

Let's see if anyone gets that reference
Let's see if anyone gets that reference
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6:17PM on 11/23/2016
You know, that old Kevin Smith script was actually the best Superman script to come out of Hollywood in nearly 40 years.
You know, that old Kevin Smith script was actually the best Superman script to come out of Hollywood in nearly 40 years.
9:26PM on 11/23/2016
Superman Lives!Damn movie producers! That dude was a hairdresser who married the right person.
Superman Lives!Damn movie producers! That dude was a hairdresser who married the right person.
10:50PM on 11/23/2016
Well to quote Smith himself "In Hollywood you just sort of fail upward". I seriously tell pretty much everyone I know well about this film because it's by far the most interesting project that never got mad. What's really sad about the whole thing is, as Zoidberg noted, the script was great and had the film been made it would have been better than anything done with Superman since.
Well to quote Smith himself "In Hollywood you just sort of fail upward". I seriously tell pretty much everyone I know well about this film because it's by far the most interesting project that never got mad. What's really sad about the whole thing is, as Zoidberg noted, the script was great and had the film been made it would have been better than anything done with Superman since.
2:12AM on 11/24/2016
Let's not forget the Polar Bear fight (although I forget whether that one was in Superman Lives or Flyby), at least the giant spider made it into Wild Wild West!
Let's not forget the Polar Bear fight (although I forget whether that one was in Superman Lives or Flyby), at least the giant spider made it into Wild Wild West!
4:27PM on 11/23/2016
That's a relief. I think the saving grace of a character like Logan is how ill-at-ease he is as the hero. In every cinematic appearance, there's been the lingering hint that this guy would much rather be somewhere else (OK, I haven't actually seen X3, so maybe not EVERY one). Two things about the trailer I dug were that Hurt is the perfect song for Wolverine, and he looks like he'll finally have to face those demons he's been running from. And the claws-to-the-head.
That's a relief. I think the saving grace of a character like Logan is how ill-at-ease he is as the hero. In every cinematic appearance, there's been the lingering hint that this guy would much rather be somewhere else (OK, I haven't actually seen X3, so maybe not EVERY one). Two things about the trailer I dug were that Hurt is the perfect song for Wolverine, and he looks like he'll finally have to face those demons he's been running from. And the claws-to-the-head.
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4:19PM on 11/23/2016
The worst parts of any of the Wolverine films has been weak writing and the over cgi. They stepped it up in The Wolverine, hopefully they get near perfection here.
The worst parts of any of the Wolverine films has been weak writing and the over cgi. They stepped it up in The Wolverine, hopefully they get near perfection here.
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3:24PM on 11/23/2016
I love James Mangold, I wish more directors were like him.
I love James Mangold, I wish more directors were like him.
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3:15PM on 11/23/2016
Hopefully he means it. The Wolverine was great until it became a CGI fuckathon.
Hopefully he means it. The Wolverine was great until it became a CGI fuckathon.
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3:25PM on 11/23/2016
The only part that was bad was the last 15 minutes. I think he learned his lesson. The studio wanted the ridiculous CG Silver Samurai, not him.
The only part that was bad was the last 15 minutes. I think he learned his lesson. The studio wanted the ridiculous CG Silver Samurai, not him.
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