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Interview: 'The Wolverine' Director James Mangold on Logan & Death

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July 25, 2013

James Mangold

"My goal here was just to allow the themes to be adult." Hitting theaters this weekend - The Wolverine. The return of Logan, for his 6th time on the big screen, this time in a solo movie set in Japan based on the Miller/Claremont comic arc. At the helm is James Mangold, director of Girl Interrupted, Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma and Knight & Day, along with Hugh Jackman returning as Logan. I screened The Wolverine and actually loved it, and wanted to talk with Mangold about so much of the movie; how they pulled off the fights and the themes of Wolverine they handle so carefully. It's a quick chat, but a good one.

This was conducted at a hotel at Comic-Con in San Diego. We talk briefly about Darren Aronofsky's version of the movie, as well as adapting from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's comic book story this is based on.

Here's my video interview with The Wolverine director James Mangold, filmed at Comic-Con 2013:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

Thank you to 20th Century Fox for arranging and to James Mangold (@mang0ld) for his time speaking with me. I'm very happy I got to talk with James about this movie because I really did enjoy it and I think he fully committed to making an exceptional Wolverine movie and did. Check out his 10 film inspirations for The Wolverine as posted on Twitter. I like how deep Mangold gets into exploring Logan's life and death and the questions that come with immortality. And I really do love the opening, one of the best openings this year.

James Mangold's The Wolverine

James Mangold's The Wolverine arrives in theaters everywhere (in 3D) this weekend, starting July 26th. Go see it and stay through the credits, too. For more coverage from Comic-Con 2013, visit our archives here.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Thanks AB!
  • drew
    sounds like mangold had great intentions. but seen the movie and it wasn't that good (definitely not exceptional).
  • Smeadows
    I have no faith in this film. Seems like a worthy mediocre successor to Gavin Hood's Wolverine. Maybe Manigold can go on to direct the Ender's Game sequel. The two of them can tag team to ruin potentially great franchises.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Alex Billington
      You should see it first. They may have made movies that weren't great previously, but that doesn't mean they can't improve and churn out a fantastic film when they try. The Wolverine was much better than I was expecting, give it a chance, you may like it and it'll make you forget all about Hood's movie.
  • drew
    by the way, the stinger at the end, is definitely worth staying for.
    • Tyrell Antonio
      for the movie or the vid?
      • drew
        the movie
  • Fidel Reyes
    Man origins had potential to be dark and awesome, like X2's flashbacks hinted, but instead we got well Origins... As for this movie, I have hope it looks better and it's getting better feedback
  • jiovonie
    I just got home from watching this one and I enjoyed the story of this movie if not for only that it wasn't some corny attempt to pack a bunch of different charters in and meaningless story line that ends up with him saving the world it just shows a broken tired wolverine that can't escape his past or neglect being the unwilling hero whats even better is the character needed this story to movie on and grow... I won't sit here and say I didn't dislike a few things but i'll voice those when the "what did u think post pops up tomorrow but anyone who's a big fan of a grounded story and Wolverine really showing that he's a bad ass no matter where or what situation he's in give it a shot much better then origins or at least different enough to work...

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