Before we get into today’s update on The Wolverine, we first have to talk Twilight. I know, I know – but we have to do it. Think of it like eating your vegetables so you can get dessert.
Kristen Stewart is talking about the upcoming first installment of the two part Breaking Dawn and tells Glamour (via ComingSoon) that the film was originally slapped with an undesirable R rating because of the steamy sex scene between her and co-star Robert Pattinson.
“It was so weird, it didn't even feel like we were doing a Twilight film. I was like, 'Bella! What are you doing? Wow! What is happening here?!" she said. "It was very surreal. We [originally] got rated R. They re-cut it."
Luckily, teenage girls under the age of 17 won’t have to go see the film with an adult parent or guardian (although, from what we’ve seen, Twilight is equally popular with the adult women too). The re-cut version has earned a PG-13, but apparently still features “partial nudity.”
Now that we’ve gotten through that, director James Mangold is talking about The Wolverine – and the director has a lot to say about his upcoming film.
The Playlist has grabbed some interesting quotes during a recent interview with the director. Read on for some of his thoughts on the project.
The most intriguing thing Mangold says in the entire interview (which, really, is filled with lots of interesting observations) is that he views the film as sort of a “foreign language superhero movie.” Since The Wolverine will take place in Japan, at least half the characters will speak Japanese – a bit of a risky proposition for a superhero film since most mainstream audiences don’t particularly enjoy subtitles. Will fans be put off by the thought of reading a lot of dialogue in a big budget action flick? Maybe – but we suspect Mangold has more than enough tricks up his sleeve to get people interested in spite of the language barrier.
The director continues to insist that the film isn’t a traditional superhero film by saying “I think part of the reason I’m doing this picture has been because it isn’t to me a conventional superhero movie. 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; I actually think it has more in common with The Outlaw Josey Wales and Chinatown what we’re doing, than the conventional, ‘will Wolverine and his compatriots save the world from this thermonuclear device’ question.”
We somehow doubt that The Wolverine – regardless of how good it is – will evoke comparisons to The Outlaw Josey Wales or Chinatown (and we’re not even sure we’d want the film to compare to either of those titles in the first place…), but we do like that Mangold is really itching to break from the standard superhero movie mold. After years of origin stories (and now, reboots – thanks Spider-Man!), we’re really kinda tired of the standard superhero film template. There’s no guaranteeing that what Mangold is attempting will work, but we admire his effort.
The one recurring thread in the piece is that The Wolverine will be a character study.
“I think that this movie is much more an intense psychological and action-packed character piece, that’s much more about Logan getting lost in this very unique and insulated world of Japanese culture, gangster culture, and ninja culture.”
That doesn’t mean that it will be all serious and somber and brooding, though – Mangold assures us he’s hard at work on the action sequences, and since the film is set in Japan, it will feature a lot of martial arts.
Check out The Playlist for more of Mangold’s thoughts. We’re not entirely convinced that all of this is going to work – if only because in some ways The Wolverine sounds like a radical departure from the standard superhero fare. Whether the finished film is all that different or not remains to be seen, but in the meantime, we’re intrigued by what Mangold’s trying to accomplish.