You can actually just tell a story about this amazing character from the start, just the way they do when you read a comic. It isn’t an origin story, so I’m freed from that burden, and it also isn’t a save-the-world movie, which most of them are. It’s actually a character piece; it has more in common with The Outlaw Josey Wales and Chinatown. We’re not crowded with cutting to nine other action heroes. We can really make a movie about this dude
The plan remains to adapt the classic 1982 Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which sees Logan heading to Japan, and juggles samurai action against supernatural gangsters The Hand, with a quite surprising romantic thread involving the daughter of a Yakuza family. The screenplay's first iteration was by Christopher McQuarrie, but while we're still talking about the same project, it seems that, understandably, Mangold doesn't quite intend to make that same film.
"Mark Bomback and myself have done a tremendous amount of writing on the movie,” he explains. “There’s not a page that hasn’t been re-worked and re-thought and story-boarded. Part of connecting to the movie [for me] was developing the scenes and finding the locations and devising the action." For a director used to working on personal projects (Walk The Line, Cop Land, Kate And Leopold), "it's all about making it your own.”
"This movie is an intense psychological and action-packed character piece," Mangold promises. "It's much more about Logan getting lost in these very insulated worlds of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture. The fighting is all influenced by Japanese martial arts, and half of the characters in this movie speak Japanese. This is like a foreign-language superhero movie; it's as much a drama and a detective story and a film noir as it is anything like a conventional tentpole film."
Il donnerait presque envie Mangold.