Christopher McQuarrie On The Original Wolverine Script


wolverine bannerYesterday it was reported that Christopher McQuarrie wanted to expand the X-Men universe for Fox.  The Oscar-winning writer expressed his desire to connect and expand the movie universe for Fox while doing press rounds on his new movie, Jack Reacher. Today some more X-News is made as McQuarrie comments on the original draft of The Wolverine script.

You may remember Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to direct The Wolverine, but dropped out due to several things. McQuarrie was the writer of the script for the Aronofsky Wolverine. While fans seem to be happy with current director James Mangold, the ‘what if’ thoughts pop up. Fans were rapid when Aronofsky was announced and McQuarrie was hired to script. The scribe talks about moving on from that project:

The truth of the matter is that ‘Wolverine’ I consider to be one of my favorite scripts that I’ve ever written. I really held it near and dear to my heart, and I was sorry that circumstances worked out that I couldn’t be there and be involved in that movie. I’m almost afraid to see what it’s evolved into, because that’s the nature of the process.

the wolverineWhen asked about his initial draft, a few interesting details were revealed. In his draft, Wolverine was the only mutant in the movie:

Well you know, it was an X-Men movie – it was a Marvel movie – but it existed very much in a real world. And more than anything, I love it for the very fact that – at least in the script I wrote – he was the only mutant in the movie… It was what you’d imagine the Wolverine universe to be under the control of somebody who wrote ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘The Way of the Gun’ and is a fan of Sergio Leone. It was Kurosawa’s Wolverine. There was a real romance to it, there was real humor to it, and a very straightforward sort of plain-faced brutality to it. I’m hoping they preserve that.

Hugh was really great, I liked working with Hugh a lot – he was very understanding, very open and supportive of me – so I’ll be very interested to see how that film turns out.

From what we’ve seen and already know about the film, Mangold and writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank have taken aspects of McQuarrie’s script and added in more mutant characters. Another mutant, Silver Samurai, is even the main baddie. There are rumors of several X-Men cameos as well. What do you think about the original scripts premise?

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