James Mangold Offers a Look into ‘Logan’ Scoring Session

After Cliff Martinez’s last minute exit as the composer of Logan, myself and many fans were concerned that the score for the film wasn’t going to live up to the quality that has been foreshadowed by the film’s incredible trailer. Fortunately, 20th Century Fox found a more than satisfactory replacement with composer Marco Beltrami (The Wolverine3:10 to Yuma). As of now, Beltrami has already written the score for the film and recording sessions are underway at the Newman stage on the Fox lot.

James Mangold took to twitter yesterday to share a brief look into the recording for what sounds like an intense scene. The music itself feels like a perfect fit for the western tone evoked in both the trailer as well as all the images released throughout the film’s social media campaign. Check it out below!

‘Logan’ Official Synopsis Revealed

After the release of one of the greatest trailers of all time, we have only gotten tantalizing images for Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine. But thanks to Jackman, the film’s official synopsis has finally been revealed.

In the future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Unfortunately, the synopsis reveals nothing unknown but that’s a good thing. As we all know, marketing campaigns leave little to be discovered in the theater these days. As a second trailer for the film looms, my hope is that we get to go into this incredible looking film as cold as possible.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Boyd Holbrook. Written by David James Kelly and Michael Green. Directed by James Mangold.

New ‘Logan’ Photo Clarifies Richard E. Grant’s Role

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The marketing campaign for Hugh Jackman’s third and final outing as Wolverine is continuing to ramp up to the film’s release via social media. The official Instagram has dropped another substantial reveal confirming Richard E. Grant as Dr. Zander Rice.

The film features an older Logan on the run from Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the Reavers in the year 2024 as he protects and mentors Laura Kinney (Dafne Keen) A.K.A. X-23. The film also features a plot involving the government turning mutant children into killing machines in a top-secret government program called ‘Transigen’.

In the comics, Laura was the daughter of Dr. Sarah Kinney, who was a renowned mutant geneticist that was tasked with creating a clone of Wolverine after the top secret government program failed to recreate the Weapon X experiment.

After the program had failed, Kinney proposed they create a female clone due to the Y-chromosome of Logans genetic sample being damaged. Despite her superiors protégé, Dr. Zander Rice denying her, she went ahead and produced a female subject anyway ultimately convincing her superior, Dr. Martin Sutter to move forward with the experiment. Rice then forced Kinney to serve as a surrogate mother for the clone as punishment for her insubordination leading her to give birth to Laura.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant and Boyd Holbrook. Written by David James Kelly and Michael Green. Directed by James Mangold.

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.

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Wolverine Rescues X-23 in New ‘Logan’ Photo

Finally a promotional image for Logan that’s in color! The third and final outing for Hugh Jackman as the clawed mutant Wolverine had been ramping up to the release of its first official trailer via its social media campaign with a slew of moody black and white photos. Since the release of the trailer, Fox has continued to drop black and white photos but it seems kind of pointless knowing the film is not going to release in black at white, at least not theatrically at this point.

Empire Magazine released a color image of Wolverine rescuing X-23 who seems to have been held prisoner. The film is set in the year 2024 and will feature a plot involving the government turning mutant children into killing machines in a top-secret government program called ‘Transigen’. X-23 is a young girl named Laura Kinney, daughter of Dr. Sarah Kinney, who was a renowned mutant geneticist that was tasked with creating a clone of Wolverine after the top secret government program failed to recreate the Weapon X experiment. Kinney — against her superiors orders — produced a female subject after she proposed to create a female Wolverine due to the Y-Chromosome of the only genetic sample in the program being damaged. As punishment for her insubordination, Kinney was forced to serve as surrogate mother for the clone leading to the birth of Laura.

In the film set in a seemingly X-Men absent future, an older Logan and X-23 are being hunted by the Reavers, a group of cyborg assassins led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holdbrook).

In addition to serving as mentor and protector of X-23, Wolverine has his hands full taking care of Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) who is in a state of cognitive decline. It seems in his age, the Professor’s powers have gotten the best of him. Assisting Wolverine is Caliban (Stephen Merchant), an albino mutant who has the ability to track other mutants.

The film’s official synopsis reads:

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.
Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

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New ‘Logan’ Photos Offers a Glimpse at Action

The third and final film for Wolverine, Logan, continues with its moody social media marketing campaign. The official Instagram account for the film gives us another black and white photo offering a glimpse of Wolverine after he has put an end to a foes life.

The third and final film for Wolverine, Logan, continues with its moody social media marketing campaign. The official Instagram account for the film gives us another black and white photo offering a glimpse of Wolverine after he has put an end to a foes life.

The black and white photos no doubt look fantastic but this they seem kind of pointless knowing that the film will, in fact, be in color. Maybe we’ll see a black and white version of the feature later released or on the Blu-ray.

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Produced by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, Dafne Keen as Laura Kinney, Stephen Merchant as Caliban, and Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce with a script penned by David James Kelly and Michael Green, directed by James Mangold.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017.

In 2024, mutant births are severely in decline, and people aren’t sure why. A government-type operation is turning mutant children into killing machines. From this, Logan emerges as a mentor to a mutant girl, who has two claws instead of his three.

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James Mangold Discusses Timeline for ‘Logan’

The first trailer for Logan brought us a stunning, brooding look into what is a darker and less healing factor-friendly world for our fading, adamantium-sporting hero. Set to the aching tones of Johnny Cash’s cover of ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails, it was hard to feel all the feels as we saw what Logan has become, and where his path may be leading him.

The first trailer for Logan brought us a stunning, brooding look into what is a darker and less healing factor-friendly world for our fading, adamantium-sporting hero. Set to the aching tones of Johnny Cash’s cover of ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails, it was hard to feel all the feels as we saw what Logan has become, and where his path may be leading him.

In an interview with EmpireJames Mangold spoke upon Logan’s timeline branching off from past incarnations of his ‘X-perience.’

“One of the things we all thought about as we worked on this film is, well, we don’t want to rebuild everything. We want to have some questions. In order to make a different Logan, and a different tone of a Wolverine movie, we felt like we couldn’t hold on to every tradition established in all the movies religiously, or we’d be trapped by the decisions made before us. So we questioned whether Logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar. We imagined that it may have when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and ailing. Perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-soft skin. So we imagined he heals quickly, still, but it leaves a scar. The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts.”

I adore the idea of exploring alternate versions of the original timeline that Logan has been traveling along. Radical changes can occur with the slightest alterations in logistics where storytelling is involved, and making Logan’s healing factor less by even a fraction could do something as severe as costing him his usual role as victor. Speaking as a writer, I have to understand that if a character chooses to wear a red t-shirt instead of a blue one on any given day, it could cause the driver of a vehicle to be distracted for less than a second and cause a fatal car crash. It seems freedom in fiction can hang by a very thin thread, and the makers of this film understand the weight in their choices.

Mangold continues:

“We are in the future, we have passed the point of the epilogue of Days Of Future Past… we’re finding all these characters in circumstances that are a little more real. The questions of aging, of loneliness, of where I belong. Am I still useful to the world? I saw it as an opportunity. We’ve seen these characters in action, saving the universe. But what happens when you’re in retirement and that career is over? The really interesting thing to me, or a place to dig that hadn’t been dug, was the idea of mutants when they’re no longer useful to the world, or even sure if they can do what they used to do. Their powers are diminished like all of ours are by age.”

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I’ve long been drawn to the X-Men comics due to the core fragility of the characters Marvel has created; be they covered in steel, seemingly invincible, or able to heal in the blink of an eye, everyone ate breakfast in the morning, had gripes and grappled with their emotions on a very human level. No mutant was ever spared their humanity in the pages of those comic books, and I welcome the chance to see Logan face the ultimate challenge of being less than invincible. Where it could come as a crushing blow for some to see their heroes stripped of the physical strength they’ve come to rely on, true grit comes in the form of grace in times such as these, be they futures past or newly presented.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017

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‘Logan’: Official Trailer #1 Breakdown

The first ‘Logan’ trailer speaks to us of emotional desolation and the vacancy of peace that reflects in only the most difficult of times. Opening with the self-injecting anthem of stripped strength but incessant hope that is ‘Hurt’ as covered by Johnny Cash, Hugh Jackman’s Logan appears to be at the end of his very long downward spiral, a mutant who’s lost everything including his way. This moral dilemma is visible in the landscape, a stripped desert, littered with sideways buildings, where even tumbleweeds dare to tread.

The first ‘Logan’ trailer speaks to us of emotional desolation and the vacancy of peace that reflects in only the most difficult of times. Opening with the self-injecting anthem of stripped strength but incessant hope that is ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails as covered by  Johnny Cash, Hugh Jackman’s Logan appears to be at the end of his very long downward spiral, a mutant who’s lost everything including his way. This moral dilemma is visible in the landscape – a stripped desert, littered with derelicts, mercenaries, and sideways buildings, where even tumbleweeds dare to tread.

AR now brings you a breakdown of the trailer’s most memorable moments:

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“Logan… What did you do?,” the now fragile and breaking voice of our beloved Professor X (Patrick Stewart) asks as the trailer dawns, Logan standing with a twitching, anxious, yet unclenched hand like a gunslinger crawling for a fight.

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Possibly my favorite shot in the entire trailer comes about 10 seconds in; Logan is sitting idly outside what appears to be a toppled and bullet hole-ridden water tower. The gorgeous structure looks like a rust covered air balloon, braced in frozen metal. Logan states in a haunted tone, “Charles… the world is not the same as it was…”

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“Mutants… they’re gone now,” Logan finishes his lament in the overlapping dialogue as he’s seen drinking at a graveyard in the distance of a burial, no names on any of the tombstones visible. In a previous teaser photo released on social media, the question, “Where are all the mutants?” was seen scratched out in a tattered bathroom stall. Are mutants becoming scarce? Are they dying out? Memories of the Legacy Virus that ran throughout the pages of the 90’s X-Men comics come to mind, but given the upcoming moments of the trailer, death by strife is likely to be weaponized via means other than a manufactured plague.

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“I hurt myself today…” Open wounds on Logan’s hands? This image seems to suggest that the mutant once called Wolverine’s healing factor is in decline.

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The scars visible upon Logan’s back here might suggest that he’s still able to heal from outrageous wounds, but perhaps not as quickly as he once was.

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“I focus on the pain…”

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Johnny Cash seems to vocally mirror the sunken-in awe of despair soaking the face of Charles Xavier as he lays upon a hospital bed, white knuckling upon its bars inside what can only be the toppled water tower from earlier in the trailer. The wheelchair next to him, and the plants on the table in the background bring hopes that he’s still somewhat lucid, but one can’t be sure from this image. If the powers of others are fading, or mutants are disappearing, who’s next to be lost?

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Logan strides towards the opposite side of the structure he was seen sitting upon about 10 seconds in, holding what looks to be a bag of food? Maybe he’s paying good ol’ Chuck a friendly visit to see how he’s holding up. Or is that holing up? Are these two in hiding together?

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The next shot cleverly placed directly after Logan is seen walking towards the metallic structure features a girl at a table opposite shelves of neatly organized goods, pots, pans and the like. The bracing of the table has a great shot of a very familiar criss-cross pattern. This is unlikely to be the same location but is a great segue to introduce X-23 (Dafne Keen).

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“She’s like you,” Charles is heard saying as the young girl stands with her back to what’s likely to be a telescope. Stargazing in the desert? It can be a pass-time or even solace for the hopeful, the sullen, or the lonely.

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Feds, huh? Somehow, I doubt it. Shots like these harken back to the Australian Outback days of the X-Men comics where they were hiding out in a ghost town the Reavers sought to take over as their own base, for their own reasons. Who the hell are these guys really?

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Either someone forgot his/her sunscreen, Clint Eastwood has been a mutant all along, or this is likely to be Caliban (Stephen Merchant). If he’s packing a six-shooter, I will eat that hat with all the trimmings.

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The silhouette of a gallows in the background? Maybe. X-23 stands alone, on some sort of night watch.

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Memories that forever haunt. Logan considers his well-worn dog tags, etched with his name and bearing a long identification number.

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The leader of the Reavers himself, Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) replaces his tinted aviators with a noticeably mechanical hand. The recruiter of the cyborg mercenaries known as The Reavers, this man has an agenda that has or will no doubt cost lives. The Reavers lacing the pages of the X-Men comic books wound up ultimately crucifying Wolverine (Uncanny X-Men 251) for getting in their way. What kind of interactions will they be having now?

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We now see how Charles may be tending to his plants. Logan stands in a single shaft of light amongst a faux night of stars – rusted metal openings in this barren desert shelter.

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But there may be hope yet. A well-worn saddened smile smacks of ill portent in the calmness of this gathering.

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Another throwback; A similar vehicle to the beat up old jeep Wolverine used to drive in the comics.

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X-23 watches over a newfound ally. It was Jubilee who wound up saving Wolverine in the comics, now it just may be the young girl before us.

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Either you die… or you win. These Reavers behind Pierce may not be any of the originals from the comics, but they look like they’re ready to bear arms.

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The Reavers obviously want X-23 for something less than holy.

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He will make you hurt.

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When you’ve made an enemy of this mutant… better come packing or pack it in.

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Shades on, X-23 is careful to hold Logan’s hand at the wrist as she solemnly bows her head.

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Funeral for a friend? I have my own ideas about who could be on the receiving end of what can only be a grave digging.

Stunningly and powerfully scorched earth from front to back, this first trailer for Logan finds a way to promise an emotional last ride.

Logan hits theaters March 3, 2017