Fox Sets Screenwriter David James Kelly for WOLVERINE Sequel; Director James Mangold and Star Hugh Jackman Expected to Return

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On the heels of the news that Fox set a release date for The Wolverine sequel, a new report has the studio tapping screenwriter David James Kelly to pen the script.  His resume is a little light, with only his 2010 short Straw Man making it to production, but he is also behind a rewrite of the planned Daredevil movie reboot.

Perhaps the more interesting tidbit from this write-up is that it confidently asserts that both director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman will return to their respective roles.  We don’t have official word of either being signed on yet, but since their last effort made over $400 million world-wide (and Jackman’s pretty much become synonymous with the title character), it’s a safe bet that Fox will work to get them both back.  Hit the jump for more.

James Mangold Says He’s Planning to Shoot THE WOLVERINE 2 after Bryan Singer Films X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t hit theaters for a couple more months, but the X-Men movie franchise is humming right along as director Bryan Singer already has his eye on the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse (a couple days ago, we reported that the film will take place in the 1980s).  But what about the world’s most popular mutant, Wolverine?  Last year, we reported that The Wolverine director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman were planning to make another spin-off featuring the character.  Jackman noted that “there are some really cool ideas“, but didn’t want to move forward until they had something great.

It looks like they still have plenty of time to figure out what that is, but there is at least an idea of when The Wolverine 2 might happen.  Hit the jump for more.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

James Mangold in Talks to Direct THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY; Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Project

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The feature film adaptation of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By novel has taken one step forward and one step back.  The mystery novel kicks off the fan-favorite Travis McGee series and was first set up as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, with the actor courting directors like Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to take the helm.  With a very busy schedule already on his plate, though, DiCaprio has now opted not to star in the pic, but Deadline reports that The Wolverine director James Mangold is negotiating to take the helm of Fox’s potential franchise-starter.  Hit the jump for more. 

Director James Mangold Talks Developing THE WOLVERINE for Fox, Depicting Japan in the Film, and the Status of THE WOLVERINE 2

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There weren’t really any expectations for The Wolverine.  Following the less-said-the-better one-two punch of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins Wolverine, the series and its franchise star James ‘Logan’ Howlett (aka Wolverine) seemed more than a little overripe.  There just didn’t seem much left to mine from The Wolverine.  The character, the obvious standout of X-Men and X2, now felt repetitive and dull.  Just the same note of false bravado masking seething rage repeated ad infinitum.  Which is why The Wolverine was such an unexpected surprise.  Less a comic book than a drama that just so happens to star a guy with claws, The Wolverine unearthed hidden depths of its titular character.  In the hands of filmmaker James Mangold, the archly hyper-masculine Wolverine became a tragic figure of ineffectual heroism.  What happens when the hero can’t save the day?  Who does he then become?  How does he then define himself?

Last night, Fox hosted a screening of The Wolverine in anticipation of the film’s release on Blu-ray & DVD today.  After the screening, James Mangold spoke one-on-one with Collider about pitching such a relatively small scale and idiosyncratic tent-pole blockbuster to Fox, the representation of Japan within the film and how The Wolverine deconstructs the superhero genre. In addition Mangold gave a status update on the development and writing of the recently announced sequel The Wolverine 2. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Hugh Jackman Talks THE WOLVERINE Sequel; Says “There Are Some Really Cool Ideas”

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With this summer’s The Wolverine, we finally got a standalone film for one of the most popular X-Men characters that actually did the titular mutant justice.  Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman crafted a Western throwback that honored the spirit of the character while bringing a more intimate approach to the superhero genre—for once our hero wasn’t working to save an entire city (or the world) from destruction.  Audiences responded positively to the tune of $414 million worldwide, and Fox appeared to be happy with the film as well, as we learned last week that the studio is in negotiations with Mangold and Jackman to return for another Wolverine film.

While very few details were revealed in last week’s report, Jackman has now spoken up a bit with regards to a potential The Wolverine follow-up, noting that he’s been talking with Mangold about ideas but he won’t be moving forward until they stumble on something great.  Read on after the jump.

James Mangold and Hugh Jackman Planning to Make another WOLVERINE Spin-Off

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James Mangold‘s The Wolverine partially succeeded simply because it went against the trend of current superhero movies.  The spin-off sequel was still stuck between serious drama and cartoonish action, but at least the stakes were worthwhile without having to put the entire world at jeopardy (that plotline will come with Wolverine’s next adventure, X-Men: Days of Future Past).   With Iron Man stopping an army off Extremis soldiers, Thor battling to save his world of Asgard, helicarriers crashing into Washington D.C. in Captain America’s upcoming film, and Guardians of the Galaxy having to, well, guard an entire galaxy, Wolverine can be the only game in town where a superhero can fight for lower stakes but maintain the personal drama.

Hit the jump for how this game might continue with Mangold, Hugh Jackman, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

TOP 5: Comic-Con 2013, THE WOLVERINE, New Trailers for GRAVITY, KICKBOXER and BLOODSPORT Remakes in the Works, TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced

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Having taken a couple weeks off for the summer and the content-generating machine that is San Diego Comic-Con, I kind of feel like there’s so much to share that I’m not sure where to start. I suppose at the top is the most logical choice and, for me, that spot is occupied by director James Wan‘s fantastic The Conjuring. Alongside The Cabin in the WoodsThe Conjuring stands as some of the most fun I can remember having in a theater with a horror film. It’s terrifying, tense, and awesome to enjoy amongst a crowded theater that’s on edge to the point that so much as an on-screen crayon rolling across the floor is cause for clenched fists and covered eyes. If you’ve yet to check it out, convince someone you think will appreciate being scared to death to tag along with you and enjoy the ride.

My recommendation aside, this week’s glorious return of the Top 5 includes a ridiculous amount of Comic-Con 2013 coverage, The Wolverine interviews with Hugh Jackman and more, new trailers for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, news of JCVD essentials Kickboxer and Bloodsport getting the remake treatment, and the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival line-up announcement. It’s been a couple weeks, but I trust you know what lies after the jump.

THE WOLVERINE Review

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In superhero movies, great power comes with the great responsibility of at least saving a major city, and even that’s considered slacking.  The entire world should be at stake.  But what if it were just one man?  What if the superhero had to save himself and maybe one other person?  James Mangold’s The Wolverine provides a refreshing take on the superhero genre by giving itself over to a character-driven approach.  Wolverine/Logan is one of the most well-known and beloved superheroes of all-time, and so rather than drag him through another story where he has to team up with other mutants to stop a supervillain, his latest adventure mostly goes small scale and asks if our hero is a man who’s an animal or an animal posing as a man.  But by pushing back against the tide of louder, grandiose superhero movies, The Wolverine strikes an awkward, albeit still enjoyable tone, when it has to play by the rules of the genre and throw big comic book moments into the intimate tale of a loner trying to find himself in a foreign land.

James Mangold Talks THE WOLVERINE, Deleted Scenes, Releasing an Unrated Cut with 12 More Minutes of Footage on Blu-ray, and Much More

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With James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening this weekend, I was recently able to interview the cast in New York City.  Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with his immortality.  Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Tao Okamoto.  For more on the film, watch these clips or check out all our previous coverage.

During my extended video interview with Mangold, he talked about the positive reaction to the film, how it doesn’t feel like a comic book movie, the length of his first cut, deleted scenes, the possibility of releasing an unrated cut on Blu-ray (which would be 12 minutes longer), developing strong female characters, his thoughts on doing another Wolverine sequel (which you’ll want him to do after you see the film), and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

6 Clips and 7 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Video from James Mangold’s THE WOLVERINE Starring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee & Tao Okamoto

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In advance of James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening on July 26th, we have six clips and seven minutes of behind-the-scenes video to share with you today.  Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with the consequences his near-immortality.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, or Jackman’s wish to play Wolverine alongside The Avengers and Spider-Man, click the links.

Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Tao Okamoto.  Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes video.

New Clip for THE WOLVERINE Features Bones Claws, Bombs and “Bub” Plus a New Featurette on Yukio

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A new clip and featurette for James Mangold’s The Wolverine are now online.  The clip features Logan (Hugh Jackman) showing off his bone claws and calling his prison guard “Bub” before saving him from a B-29 bombing run.  The featurette highlights Rila Fukushima’s capable character Yukio, showing off a variety of her weapon skills.  It looks like the two will be paired up for a good portion of the film so hopefully the chemistry we’re seeing in this featurette continues.

Also starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto and Svetlana Khodchenkova, The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.  Watch the new clip and featurette after the jump.

Logan Fights on Top of a Train in First Clip from THE WOLVERINE

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20th Century Fox has released the first clip from director James Mangold’s upcoming film The Wolverine.  Rather than teasing a small-scale fist fight or a dialogue sequence, Fox has unveiled a snippet of one of the film’s major action sequences: the bullet train fight.  While the initial peek at the set piece in the early trailers showed some spotty visual effects, this finished version looks great and is rather intense.  I really like what we’ve seen of Mangold’s handle on the fight sequences thus far, and I’m eager to see this visceral style put to good use in the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the extended clip.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, and Tao Okamoto.  The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.

New Featurette for THE WOLVERINE Goes into “A Ronin’s Story”

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20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for The Wolverine.  The film finds Hugh Jackman’s titular character isolated in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis “in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.”  The featurette not only describes Logan as a ronin, but it also reiterates how this new movie will take away his powers, so I’m not sure how he can use his claws unless he’s willing to always bleed from the knuckles.  There’s also new footage in the featurette, so we’re close to reaching critical mass when it comes to showing too much.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, and Tao Okamoto.  The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.

James Mangold Talks THE WOLVERINE, Making a Different Kind of Superhero Movie, His Action Style, the Editing Process, 3D, and More

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After watching fifteen minutes of director James Mangold’s The Wolverine in the editing room a few weeks ago, I really think we’re finally going to get the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for.  While I don’t want to write a play by play of the footage Mangold showed, I’ll admit to seeing the first ten minutes of the film, and then about five minutes from a major action set piece that took place on a fast moving train.  From what I saw, it looks like Mangold has nailed the character and the action, and Hugh Jackman looked like he was finally part of a Wolverine movie that will showcase the true character.  Consider me sold.

Shortly after watching the footage, I participated in a small group interview with Mangold.  He talked about how the film compares to what he wanted to make, how much Japanese is in the movie, the importance of mixing in new challenges for Wolverine to overcome like dealing with his mortality, the use of 3D, the trickiest sequence they’ve come across in the editing room, whether there were any X-Men characters or properties he had to shy away from because it might be used later on, the design of Silver Samurai, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

THE WOLVERINE Director James Mangold Explains How His Film Will Stand Apart from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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The Wolverine will stand alone from the X-Men movies for the most part.  It loosely ties in to the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and it won’t reference X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  So how will The Wolverine connect to Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past?  According to Wolverine director James Mangold, it won’t.  Mangold explains that they were already at work on their movie when Singer signed on to Days of Future Past, so there was no way to make the films tie together.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll contradict each other or that The Wolverine takes place in an alternate universe.  What it probably means is that no one in Days of Future Past will turn to Logan and say, “Hey buddy!  How was Japan?”

Hit the jump for Mangold’s full quote, and click here to check out a new sumi-e poster for the flick.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, and Svetlana KhodchenkovaThe Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.

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