It looks like James Mangold is not gearing up to do another Wolverine sequel. The Walk the Line director is busy setting up his follow-up gig, and it appears to be another Reese Witherspoon-starrer. The film is called Three Little Words, and it will signify an Oscar-winning re-team. Its Legally Blonde star notably won the Oscar for their previous pairing in which she played the role of June Carter Cash opposite Joaquin Phoenix.
This project is quite different though as it is an adaptation of a NYT bestseller from author Ashley Rhodes-Courter. Its plot centers on a Florida girl lost in the child welfare system. A paid volunteer (Witherspoon) discovers her, and they embark on a journey to kick start the girl’s life by getting her biological mother to release her parental rights. Lewis Colick and Michael Petroni wrote the feature adaptation. Principal photography is eyed for a fall start.
I do not think there is a whole lot to glean from the following, but it is a recut of those early trailers for The Wolverine. Many people I know are very excited for the James Mangold take on the character as it develops Wolverine more emotionally with an actual theme and fewer mutants to over-bloat the property. The good news is that even if rival superhero movies Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World all dwarf this project in shear hype and excitement, then there is still Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past coming down the pipe to deliver the Hugh Jackman-played return of Wolverine that most everyone desires. Continue Reading
Here is a brand-new Japanese trailer for The Wolverine complete with subtitle action. Why the post? Because this latest promo for Hugh Jackman’s Les Miserables follow-up happens to include new footage. Enough said. Release is set for July 26.
Yesterday, audiences received a new poster and a quick Vine Snippet in front of the reveal for The Wolverine, and while that full-length trailer is yet to be release there is a new sneak peek out thanks to MTV.com. All you need to know is this takes place in Japan after the events of the original X-Men trilogy. Also, this has nothing to do with X-Men Days of Future Past as that film releases NEXT summer. The on-going hype train for both features is a bit misleading though, so it might be worth the acknowledgment once more. Continue Reading
We all knew (those who have been following along at least) that The Wolverine would feature some World War II flashbacks, but we did not exactly know where in the timeline the latest X-Men movie would take place. Well, now we do courtesy of Empire who nabbed an interview with the film’s director James Mangold who says that his tale will be told sometime after the events of the X-Men trilogy. Furthermore, he states that many of the superhero group’s members are disbanded or gone. Continue Reading
Superhero fans rejoice! The new Wolverine movie has a big goal in mind and it may be a bit refreshing to hear in a very ironic sense. Word has it that James Mangold’s take on the superhero will not feature 20 different mutants that remind us of what went wrong with television’s Heroes. That means that the movie will be like a more straight-forward superhero feature than anything we have previously seen in the X-Men universe and that might be a very good thing. Continue Reading
With Wolverine all casted up and production set to begin in Australia, the first images of the set and concept art have made it to the net today giving X-Men fans the first look at the story James Mangold will be telling next summer. Be warned though that this may contain a few spoilers although I am confident this is 100% prologue stuff that will be nailed down in various flashback sequences to World War II. Continue Reading
Just yesterday, reports were surfacing that the ‘done-deal’ that was Jessica Biel joining James Mangold’s The Wolverine was not to be. The actress reportedly got cold feet about doing the project and bounced from negotiations, but with the film set to release about a year from now we knew that her replacement would be found in short-order. That was indeed the case as today we are seeing that Svetlana Khodchenkova has just entered talks for the role of Viper. Continue Reading
After numerous delays, word has it that Fox’s sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is finally going to get moving as production has recently been scheduled to take place this coming August. $80 million will be spent in Australia during filming which gives life to the notion that the movie’s overall budget might actually be lower than the $150 million of its predecessor. Such a move would not come as a shock considering the spin-off failed to live up to box office expectations when it debuted in 2009.
On that end, Silver Samurai will be The Wolverine’s villain. X-Men fanatics will be able to attest to this as being a quality selection given the character’s rich story to tell and its Japanese roots. The selection was revealed in the form of DVD bonus features attached to Wolverine and then was reaffirmed by Jackman at 2011′s Comic-Con in San Diego.
3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold will be taking charge of the effort which is expected to bow theatrically next July. Writing will be the tandem of Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback who individually wrote Valkyrie and the Total Recall reboot.
The pressure will be on this collaboration to succeed as the X-Men brand has failed to live up to the lofty box office standards set with the original trilogy. Should this effort witness yet another contraction on the theatrical level, this could be it for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine as all eyes will move to see if X-Men: First Class can keep the unit alive at Fox without triggering an often dreaded reboot.
Dennis Quaid looks to have finally found a small screen series that he has been looking for, and it is a whopper of a project. According to Vulture, the Footloose actor is currently in negotiations to co-star alongside Michael Chiklis in a CBS pilot called Ralph Lamb. The series is about the true story of 1960′s Las Vegas sheriff (Quaid) and his gangster nemesis (Chiklis).
What’s more is that there is a high profile behind-the-scenes tandem working on this prospective drama. Nicholas Pileggi is the series creator. This is the guy who wrote Good Fellas and Casino. Also, the director for the pilot episode is pretty decent as well. James Mangold who is best known for directing Walk the Line and Cop Land has been tapped for the job. He most recently directed an episode of the soon-to-air CBS drama NYC 22.
A whole lot of eyes will be pegged to this project going forward, so stay tuned for more on Ralph Lamb in the months to come.
It has been known for a while now that the next X-Men movie in all likelihood would be a sequel to 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but after director Darren Aronofsky dropped out there was some doubt. Fans of wolverine should not fret through as production for The Wolverine should begin shortly as it has picked out its new director, James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day). Of course this is still a matter of negotiations, but no one expects they won’t go smoothly.