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James Mangold Directing The Wolverine
He's taking over Logan's next run...

16 June 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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James Mangold Directing The Wolverine

Last month, it was revealed that 20th Century Fox had assembled a varied list of probable directors who could take over handling The Wolverine in the wake of Darren Aronofsky leaving the job. While the likes of Doug Liman, Jose Padilha and Mark Romanek were considered, one of those who made the short list has gotten the gig, with James Mangold emerging victorious.

Mangold’s latest job was also for Fox: he delivered Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight and Day, which, while it didn’t exactly fly at the US box office, delivered a decent showing around the world. But we figure it’s the intense likes of Identity and 3:10 to Yuma’s blend of drama and Western action that convinced executives that Mangold could handle the job.

He’s not totally locked in yet, but negotiations have begun in earnest, with the confirmation expected soon.

With a script by Christopher McQuarrie, The Wolverine will see Hugh Jackman’s Logan living in Japan and managing to get in yet more trouble when he falls for the wrong woman. Though the tragic earthquakes and tsunami in Japan have affected the shooting schedule, the studio apparently wants to get filming under way this autumn.

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RE: disappointing
all i want from this Wolverine swearing....which we've already seen briefly... And blood lots of blood he cuts people with claws!!! I rewatched own fault....and there wasnt one drop of bloody....anywhere   I just want to see him be a badass He was a wimp in Origins....and a wimp in the xmen magneto said...tamed....tamed the beast...   I want some full on blood, guts, gore, and swearing...   although i know this aint ever More

Posted by kirk at 22:37 on 21 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: disappointing
& what exactly would Aronofsky have brought nothing that's what Mangolds an exellent director at handing actors I mean anyone who can deal with Bale & Crowe & then get the perfomance he got out of Pheonix is allright by me. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:38 on 18 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hmmmm, not exactly what I was hoping to hear...
The script matters more than the director. A good one can apply the necessary discipline to achieve the aims of the script and direct the shit out of it, as long as it isn't a shit script to begin with. Nobody has ever directed a comic movie before they've done it for the first time, so the only consideration should be how effectively have they told the particular story in what they've directed before. More

Posted by jobloffski at 12:45 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Hmmmm, not exactly what I was hoping to hear...
Over the last few weeks my excitement for this film keeps getting less and less... Who knows, maybe Mangold will pull it out of the bag! Get Duncan Jones on the case I say! More

Posted by Dan Brown at 12:18 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: disappointing
ahem what? which one of those films do you think demonstrates his suitability to direct a film about a gruff superpowered loner with foot-long claws and intimacy issues fighting ninjas and mutants in the japanese underground? 3:10 to Yuma was better than average but no classic, and Walk The Line was an excellent biopic but hardly packed with thrilling action set-pieces More

Posted by Dr Science at 10:38 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: disappointing
Ahem 3:10 To Yuma & Walk The Line? More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:20 on 17 June 2011 | Report This Post

Quite excited by this. Mangold's very much an actors director when he feels the piece is worth the effort, hopefully he'll really get under Logan's skin. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 20:12 on 16 June 2011 | Report This Post

there's nothing on this man's CV that gives me hope that we will finally get the Wolverine film that the character deserves and the fans have been waiting for. More

Posted by Dr Science at 15:28 on 16 June 2011 | Report This Post

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