James Mangold Discusses Writing THE WOLVERINE & The Status Of A Sequel


jamesmangoldWith the exception of a few things, James Mangold’s take on The Wolverine was vast improvement on its predecessor. I believe that comes from a few things, first being Fox’s ability to let the filmmaker actually make the movie and second was a solid script. Sure, there were some hiccups and there are some changes that could have been made, but all things considered, it was a pretty solid film. As most fans know, James Mangold stepped in to the director’s role after Darren Aronofsky opted to back out for personal reasons. While that was a big blow to fans, Mangold came in and delivered. As can be expected, it’s not easy for a director to step into a project that has a lot of work done on it and Mangold recently spoke on this with Collider. He also talks about how he was able to incorporate the country of Japan into the actual story line, rather than just using it as a location.

 Chris [McQuarrie] had written a great script but it was very loyal to Claremont/Miller. That feeling that it was about something that I could put my finger on hadn’t completely evolved. He wasn’t done writing. He was still in the middle of a pass and when things ended with Darren [Aronofsky] everything was [halted]. So when I came on, I don’t know if what I was reading was a finished version. I felt like there still needed to be some decision about when the film was taking place.

He also discusses how the tsunami that struck Japan played an integral part in his story and how the resilience of the Japanese people is something to admire. Not only natural disasters, but man-made disasters have ravaged the country and they keep on ticking and progressing. Not to mention the uncanny resemblance of this concept to the character of Logan, who has the ability to regenerate and heal himself.


 [One] of the decisions that was really important to me when I came on was this idea because of the tsunami in Japan, how [that country] keeps surviving. Literally three of the four greatest nuclear disasters in world history have occurred on an island that’s smaller than Arkansas. You have the ability of [Japan] to heal which I thought was incredibly analogous with Logan. Also I was a big admirer in the first X-Men and in the comics how elements of world history were folded into the movies. The idea I had was that, while the tragedy of the tsunami was way too close to fold into the movie, I felt like there was enough distance to make an American film about Japan where it opens with us bombing them.

As we recently learned, both Hugh Jackman and James Mangold are expected to return for a sequel to The Wolverine and the film is currently being worked on. When asked about the status of the anticipated sequel, Mangold says Well pre-production – I would say I’m not there yet. But I have taken finger to key. Let’s say that. There’s been typing. And ideas. And talking amongst all the principles. So work is being done, but as we know, it’s a long process. It will be interesting to see if they take on another comic book story or if they opt to go with something original. Of course, it could all depend on what happens in X-Men: Days of Future past, as the film will likely tie into that one in some way. There is more great info on the writing process of The Wolverine over at Collider, so take a few to go check it out. Be sure to pick up The Wolverine on DVD and Bluray today and keep checking back to ComicBookTherapy for all the latest!


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