During a recent conference at the Record Media Conference, 20th Century Fox chairman Stacey Snider discussed the studio’s upcoming X-Men solo film Logan. Specifically, Snider highlighted the film’s R-rated “intensity” as something that caused a lot of worry behind closed doors, at least initially:
“Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film. It’s more of an elegy about life and death. The paradigm for it was a Western, and my colleagues were up in arms. It’s not a wise-cracking cigar-chomping mutton-sporting Wolverine, and the debate internally became, isn’t that freakin’ boring? Isn’t it exciting to imagine Wolverine as a real guy and he’s world-weary and he doesn’t want to fight anymore until a little girl needs him?”
While Snider’s comments are likely all part of a marketing ploy to hype up the imminent release of the film, it also offers a fascinating look at the decision-making process at the higher levels of studios making big blockbuster comic book movies. It’s reassuring to hear that Fox recognized the need to do something different with Wolverine as a character, which hopefully can be taken as a sign that they’re willing to shake up the X-Men franchise as a whole after the disappointing X-Men: Apocalypse (although, don’t expect an R-rating for that one).
Logan hits theaters on March 3rd. Why not watch the awesome second trailer again?