'Logan' Director, James Mangold Breaks Down The Film's Ideas

Empire contacted Logan director, James Mangold, to break down some of the ideas that are at play in the film and recently released trailer. Mangold is still editing away the film, getting the score, special effects and other things finished up.


Given Mangold's history - directing a Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line - and what he wants to do with this film, having Cash's "Hurt" as the trailer music was a decisive call by Mangold.

“Obviously I have a connection and a fondness for Johnny Cash, and his tone and his message and his music. But the real driver in all these decisions is trying to separate ourselves, in an accurate way, from the other superhero movies. We think we’re going to deliver something a little different and we want to make sure we’re selling audiences on the difference. Sometimes even when a movie’s a little different, the studio’s trying to market the movie just like all the others. [Cash’s] music, in a way, separates us from the standard, bombastic, brooding orchestral, swish-bang, doors opening and slamming, explosions kind of methodology of some of these movies.”


While the pose of Logan, seen above, is almost a standard in comic-book lore, it is however something entirely different.

“I don’t so much think about comic-book framings but I think about film noir framings and classic Hollywood filmmaking styles, German expressionist filmmaking style of the early part of the last century, which has a lot in common with comic-book art. Strong foregrounds, playing things in depth: you have to make an image say more within that one image. In modern filmmaking everything’s in close-up, so every scene there’s 150 cuts to keep track of what’s going on with every element. I’m trying on this film to set frames that are, in some way, descriptive and yes, are kind of evocative of comic-book panels and also for me classical filmmaking.”


Given the X-Men Cinematic Universe timeline can give even The Doctor a headache, Mangold gives us a timeslot for when the happenings of Logan is occurring.

“We are in the future, we have passed the point of the epilogue of Days Of Future Past. We’re finding all these characters in circumstances that are a little more real. The questions of ageing, of loneliness, of where I belong. Am I still useful to the world? I saw it as an opportunity. We’ve seen these characters in action, saving the universe. But what happens when you’re in retirement and that career is over? The really interesting thing to me, or a place to dig that hadn’t been dug, was the idea of mutants when they’re no longer useful to the world, or even sure if they can do what they used to do. Their powers are diminished like all of ours are by age.”


One of the things this movie has is a more adult way of action, upgrading from safe shots of violence to straight up bloody gore, it will be a more obvious thing in this film.

“[The above image represents] to me the kind of aggressive, classical Wolverine action that we want in the movie – more of something that fans have been asking for, for a really long time. We’ve been limited in one way or another from giving it to them, but I think we’ve got the go-ahead to really go for it on this picture. So we’re really trying to deliver what folks have always imagined those kind of battles would look like. There is a lot of high-octane action in the movie. We’re just trying to do it very differently and very viscerally.”

Check more of what Mangold had to say by clicking the link down below.

Logan is directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Logan comes to theaters on March 3, 2017.

Logan opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017 (possibly Gambit), March 2nd, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and June 29th, 2018 (possibly New Mutants). X-Force is also in development.

Source: Empire

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