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My Thoughts on James Mangold & Hugh Jackman Doing Another Wolverine Film

Howdy people of the web, now I know this news story has been up for a little while and I’m kind of late to this party, but I could sit back and not share my opinion on this recent bit of comic book film news. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has begun negotiations with The Wolverine director James Mangold to direct another solo “X-Men” film starring Hugh Jackman as Logan. Mangold is negotiating now to write the treatment for the film with Lauren Shuler Donner returning to produce. No word on what the storyline is, as Fox is keeping it under wraps for the time being.

To date, Mangold’s The Wolverine has grossed $413.6 million at the worldwide box office and is the second-highest grossing film in the “X-Men” franchise behind X-Men: The Last Stand‘s $459.4 million.

Including the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the film will mark Hugh Jackman’s eighth appearance as the character on the big screen.”

Well this was surprising to read about. When I first saw this I initially I thought it was a joke. I dunno why but I just didn’t think it was real. THEN I saw this news story being spread over several sites and realised that it wasn’t bull and it was actually legit. Okay. So how do I feel about this, well, I’m kind of half and half.

Personally I really liked The Wolverine, while it wasn’t perfect and definitely had problems that can’t be ignored, I thought it was the most accurate representation we’ve gotten of the character since the X-Men film series started and it was a HELL of a lot better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine. That being said I’m not sure I really want another Wolverine film so soon, if at all. Now I love Hugh Jackman in the role, I mean LOVE him in the role and he’s totally committed to the character. However he’s been doing the character for over 10 years and I think it’s about time 20th Century Fox at least gave the other X-Men characters a chance to shine. He’s already the center of Days of Future Past, if he jumps into another film I dunno if that’d be a good thing.

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But when all is said and done Wolverine is the flagship character in the film series and 20th Century Fox are all about money and less about quality so I wouldn’t be surprised if this did go ahead. I wouldn’t mind it, I just wouldn’t be overly keen on it right now.

So what do you lot think of this new about there being another Wolverine film? Leave your thoughts below.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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New Story Details of The Wolverine

I love finding secretive superhero film news on the internet, well maybe on so secret as it is just not in the usual place where its meant to be found. Anyways new story information on The Wolverine has emerged from Empire Magazine and FilmoFilia have taken a few segments from it to provide us new info in the following article:

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“We’ve all been paying attention to the behind the scenes doings of James Mangold’s The Wolverine. Though the story is based on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller arc—one of my all time favorites—plot details have been relatively sparse. As you’re well aware, “based on” means very little sometimes.

Now, however, we get a little peek behind the curtain. In the new issue of Empire, producer Hutch Parker talks plot and lets it slip why Logan (Hugh Jackman) winds up in Japan.

Here’s what Parker has to say on the matter:

“We pick up Logan in a very isolated state, full of self-loathing. He is sought out by a young Asian woman for reasons he doesn’t fully understand, who is asking him to follow her to Japan where he is meant to reconnect with someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience—effectively Logan saved him—is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he’s had. But this gift draws Logan into a very complex and very unexpected world within both contemporary Japan, and to some degree the feudal history of Japan.

The quality of this story is that it takes Logan on such a challenging personal journey. He’s so in isolation, so out of his element. It’s a much more powerful distillation of his character than you’ve seen before. It’s why people have always love this particular story.”

In a vague way this sounds similar to the Claremont/Miller storyline, but the details have been substantially altered. Still, this description is thematically comparable to the source material. You have Logan in the land of the rising sun, engulfed in the underworld of modern Japan, there’s a shadowy woman, and he’s delving into as yet uncharted elements of his past that will force him to confront some unpleasant truths.

While it may not be an exact replica of a comic storyline, the changes don’t make me cringe reading them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely concerned (as every decent X-Men fan) and we’ll have to wait to see this bad boy until we can be sure, but this is close enough to remain optimistic in a cautious sense, in addition to what I’ve said earlier – It would be nice to see a depth given to the beloved hero and I think that Mangold intends to do just that.

Parker’s description also explains why we’ve seen shots from what we can assume is a World War II camp.

The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada and Svetlana Khodchenkova. It is set to hit the theaters on July 26th, 2013.”

The more I read about this film, the more I get excited. I like how they’re really drawing from the comic book material and its great that they’re also trying to humanize Wolverine as a character too which is something he really needs. One of the issues that many critics had with Wolverine as a character in his first solo film was that he was invincible which made him hard to care about and relate to, so I hope this film will rectify that problem. Logan/Wolverine is a very emotional character and has gone through so much in his life from being experimented on, to losing so many loved ones, to being on the battlefield in many wars over many decades. There is a massive wealth to his character that casual audiences don’t know about and I pray some of that gets captured and translated onto the big screen to show casual audiences and film critics that he is human.

Now I know what happens when you get too excited about a film before its release, there is the chance it can suck and believe me I’ve been there before, 4 years ago. Back when X-Men Origins: Wolverine came out I was convinced before the film’s release that it was gonna be badass… How wrong was I? That film was just an insult to so much of the comic book source material and the awesome mini backstory that was created in X-Men 2. After that I never wanted to see another Wolverine film, but then I let time pass and of course I saw X-Men: First Class. That film leads me to believe that there was glimmer of hope for the next Wolverine film under 20th Century Fox. I just hope that director James Mangold and his writers can get right this time.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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The Wolverine Reveals a Teaser Poster

Well any info on The Wolverine is info I’m interested in and superherohype are once again here to provide. Check it out below:

“Following the films’ live Q&A this afternoon, 20th Century Fox has revealed the first official teaser poster for James Mangold’s The Wolverine, coming to theaters July 26, 2013. Check it out below and watch a recording of the Q&A in the player at the bottom of the page.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee, the film has now been revealed to, contrary to early reports, take place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.”

Click on the image below for a larger version in our gallery:

Now that is badass. I swear the people who make posters for films are literally getting better and better. This art is soooo nice, it has that nice watercolour effect about it and it also looks a little washed out which is really awesome too. I am very interested and to some degree hyped for this film, but after the last Wolverine film I am being very cautious and keeping my inner fanboy looked away lol. But the live Q&A with James Mangold and Hugh Jackman did sound promising. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s worth a look:

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Live The Wolverine Chat with Mangold and Jackman on Oct. 29

Now I know I’ve been posting a good few articles about Iron Man 3 recently, but there is another Marvel film I have my eye on and that The Wolverine. And this news article from superherohype caught my interest and I think it will be of some use to the fans. Here check it out below:

The Wolverine director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman will be hosting a live chat from the Australian set next Monday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. You can check out the announcement video below!

The chat will take place at YouTube.com/TheWolverineMovie and TheWolverineMovie.com. You can submit your questions via Twitter using #TheWolverineLive and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheWolverineMovie.

Opening in theaters on July 26, 2013, The Wolverine co-stars Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee.”

Now this is cool and an interesting idea; to get information on a film long before it comes out and have the questions from the perspective of the fans. Whether I’ll be around to watch this live remains to be seen because of my uni schedule, but here’s hoping a lot of fans probe Jackman and Mangold with the right questions so that we can get a good idea of what’s going on,

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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