Interview: 'The Wolverine' Director James Mangold on Logan & Death
by Alex Billington
July 25, 2013
"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 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.