THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY Eyes Christian Bale After He Passes on TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2

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The film adaption of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By has taken a rather convoluted path towards the silver screen.  Fox got close to deals with both Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to direct the film before going after James Mangold (hot off saving The Wolverine from disaster).  Initially Leonardo DiCaprio intended to play the part of Travis McGee in the intended franchise but had to pull out for scheduling reasons.  He remains onboard as a producer, but now reports have Christian Bale eyeing the lead role (though a formal offer has yet to be made).

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time a film has flirted with both Stone and DiCaprio before moving on to Bale (an early version of American Psycho had the pair attached).  Now, apparently having passed on True Detective Season 2, Bale is keen on this project as well.  Hit the jump for more on Christian Bale possibly joining The Deep Blue Good-By.

James Mangold in Talks to Direct Joe Namath Biopic

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Way back in 2010, we reported that James Mangold was circling a Joe Namath biopic with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star.  Since then Mangold has directed Knight and Day and The Wolverine, and may be ready to circle back: Mangold is in early talks with Fox 2000 to direct a Namath biopic.  According to THR, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas—who worked with Mangold on 3:10 to Yuma—would write the script. The report does not mention Gyllenhaal, so it’s very possible the actor has moved on.

Namath is one of the great characters in sports history, earning the nickname “Broadway Joe.”  Namath famously guaranteed that his New York Jets would upset a dominant Baltimore Colts team in Super Bowl III and came through.  I am interested to see what the Walk the Line director can do with Namath’s story, and hope the project comes to fruition this time around.  Hit the jump for more on Namath.

“A Samurai without a Master”: Matt Revisits THE WOLVERINE

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

Personally, I like it when the X-Men work as a team.  When I first tuned in to watch the animated TV series as a kid, I didn’t know superheroes could work in more than a team of two (Batman and Robin were the limit).  And having a big team meant that I could be a part of the adventure as long as I liked one of the characters.  The X-Men were outsiders, but they were a group of outsiders, and together they could fight giant robots, talking pterodactyls, intergalactic civil war, and plenty of other problems that we all face on a daily basis.

Logan has always been the character in between two worlds—the loner who’s a valuable part of the team (and when I look across comic book covers today, he’s apparently on every team).  In his second shot at a spin-off he truly broke off from the team, and although the film was the furthest departure from the X-Men world so far, The Wolverine was still tethered to the franchise’s past; it also managed to serve as a comment on our blockbuster present.

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.

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