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The dark tone of Logan had executives at Fox very concerned

02.14.2017

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Even though we're just weeks away from the release of LOGAN, I'm still surprised that Twentieth Century Fox actually let Hugh Jackman and James Mangold go ahead with an R-rated Wolverine film. Although the previous X-MEN movies may have sometimes stretched their ratings, they always remained strictly in the realm of PG-13. Throwing their flagship character into a world of blood and F-bombs will represent a big change for the X-MEN franchise, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the executives at Fox were initially very concerned about the tonal shift in LOGAN.

According to Twentieth Century Fox Film chairman Stacey Snider, who spoke during a Q&A at the Recode Media Conference, there were internal concerns that LOGAN would be too dark.

Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film. It’s more of an elegy about life and death. The paradigm for it was a Western, and my colleagues were up in arms. It’s not a wise-cracking cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, isn’t that freakin’ boring? Isn’t it exciting to imagine Wolverine as a real guy and he’s world-weary and he doesn’t want to fight anymore until a little girl needs him?

The major success of DEADPOOL must have made Fox a little less hesitant about giving the greenlight to an R-rated Wolverine film, but LOGAN is also quite a different beast than DEADPOOL was and it remains to be seen how the film will be received by the general public. What we've heard about LOGAN certainly sounds great however and I have high hopes that it will do well. Not only would it be a fitting end to Hugh Jackman's tenure as Wolverine, but it would also show studios that audiences are hungry for many different types of superhero stories.

LOGAN is set to hit theaters on March 3, 2017.

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Source: Variety

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2:54PM on 02/15/2017
The dark tone is a total mistake. This is the FIRST time we get to see logan go nuts with his claws and they got him in the book of eli
The dark tone is a total mistake. This is the FIRST time we get to see logan go nuts with his claws and they got him in the book of eli
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2:52PM on 02/15/2017
Lol that poster looks exactly like the Queens Boulevard poster after the stuido "injected it with color"
Lol that poster looks exactly like the Queens Boulevard poster after the stuido "injected it with color"
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2:26PM on 02/15/2017
I'm digging the push to make lower budget, more personal comic movies. Hopefully if Gambit ever happens, it'll be something like this.

I understand people want the Marvel universe to be whole, but it's frustrating to see those "give the rights back to Marvel" comments, because no way in hell would they ever make anything like Logan or Deadpool.
I'm digging the push to make lower budget, more personal comic movies. Hopefully if Gambit ever happens, it'll be something like this.

I understand people want the Marvel universe to be whole, but it's frustrating to see those "give the rights back to Marvel" comments, because no way in hell would they ever make anything like Logan or Deadpool.
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1:03PM on 02/15/2017
It seems a bit disingenuous to red vote this news, considering Fox IS the ONLY studio that DID let Reynolds make the R rated Deadpool movie and now allowed Mangold and Jackman to make THIS version of Wolverine! Im sure some suit on a tuesday morning said "wow, is this too dark" and then they got coffee and moved on to the next order of business!

The movie will.do well because that first trailer was genius and had ppl talking. A great trailer will make ppl see a movie. Success really is all
It seems a bit disingenuous to red vote this news, considering Fox IS the ONLY studio that DID let Reynolds make the R rated Deadpool movie and now allowed Mangold and Jackman to make THIS version of Wolverine! Im sure some suit on a tuesday morning said "wow, is this too dark" and then they got coffee and moved on to the next order of business!

The movie will.do well because that first trailer was genius and had ppl talking. A great trailer will make ppl see a movie. Success really is all in marketing, sustaining success is in execution, and it looks like this wil have a solid 2nd weekend!
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10:31AM on 02/15/2017

BULLSHIT MARKETING PLOY

Don't you smell it? I can. This is just more hype , to make everyone excited for the "grittiest rated R" comic book movie ever. If this was true, they would've done something about it. All I'll say is LOGAN better live up to the hype. I"m sick of getting excited for movies, only to have them let me down.
Don't you smell it? I can. This is just more hype , to make everyone excited for the "grittiest rated R" comic book movie ever. If this was true, they would've done something about it. All I'll say is LOGAN better live up to the hype. I"m sick of getting excited for movies, only to have them let me down.
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9:08AM on 02/15/2017

Red because its against Fox.. not towards the Logan movie

It amazes me that Fox makes these movies without any knowledge of the source material. Eighteen years later, we finally get a Rated-r Wolverine movie with probably the best tone and feel yet. Not only that, it took Reynolds years of convincing Fox that Deadpool in the direction they went was the right one. If we didn't have the talents of Vaughn, Singer, Reynolds and Mangold,. Fox would have given us 18 years of X-Men 3's.
It amazes me that Fox makes these movies without any knowledge of the source material. Eighteen years later, we finally get a Rated-r Wolverine movie with probably the best tone and feel yet. Not only that, it took Reynolds years of convincing Fox that Deadpool in the direction they went was the right one. If we didn't have the talents of Vaughn, Singer, Reynolds and Mangold,. Fox would have given us 18 years of X-Men 3's.
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8:21AM on 02/15/2017

It's definitely time for a grittier approach

Sure, everyone's looking at the success of DEADPOOL to justify R-rated superhero movies, but Marvel's Netflix series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc) can't be ruled out, either. They've really taken comic-based movies in a different direction, especially Jessica Jones.
I hope LOGAN is a worthy send-off for Hugh Jackman. He's always brought his A game, even when the material didn't deserve it.
Sure, everyone's looking at the success of DEADPOOL to justify R-rated superhero movies, but Marvel's Netflix series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc) can't be ruled out, either. They've really taken comic-based movies in a different direction, especially Jessica Jones.
I hope LOGAN is a worthy send-off for Hugh Jackman. He's always brought his A game, even when the material didn't deserve it.
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12:26AM on 02/15/2017
The executives are at fox are pussies and the reason why its hard for movies to be hard. Stop being a pussy and have faith in your fucking film. This shit looks amazing and I'm so glad they had the balls to push for and R.
The executives are at fox are pussies and the reason why its hard for movies to be hard. Stop being a pussy and have faith in your fucking film. This shit looks amazing and I'm so glad they had the balls to push for and R.
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11:30PM on 02/14/2017
Deadpool could easily be deemed a fluke by the studio if further R-ratings burn. Logan will drive the notion even further, in that audiences often want substance. Filmmaking can be intelligent and still cater to fans. I really hope Logan is great, and does well. Although I haven't loved every Wolverine film, Hugh Jackman will always be the quintessential portrayal of the character to me and I say - cheers to going out with a bang.
Deadpool could easily be deemed a fluke by the studio if further R-ratings burn. Logan will drive the notion even further, in that audiences often want substance. Filmmaking can be intelligent and still cater to fans. I really hope Logan is great, and does well. Although I haven't loved every Wolverine film, Hugh Jackman will always be the quintessential portrayal of the character to me and I say - cheers to going out with a bang.
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