The Classic Movies That Are Influencing The Wolverine

Director James Mangold has signed up for Twitter and started discussing his progress on The Wolverine, which he’s currently shooting in Australia.

And after Australia, he’ll be headed to Japan, to shoot scenes that are set in Japan. And in case you couldn’t guess, that means a lot of the dialogue is going to be in Japanese:


That’s good to know. More encouraging, perhaps, are Mangold’s tweets about the inspiration he’s drawing from other films while putting this one together.


When the weakest movie on your list is The Outlaw Josey Wales, you’ve got a good list. And it’s appropriate, too.

Shame to see Emeric Pressburger frozen out on Black Narcissus like that. I guess the cult of Michael Powell has finally broken the Archers in two, retrospectively, because I’m seeing more and more singular attributions of this sort.

I’ll be interested to see just how Mangold has drawn upon, even built upon, his list of influences. He’s such a pragmatic filmmaker that I’m sure he’ll be placing all of this ‘inspiration’ in the service of the beats he’s trying to get on film for this particular project – don’t expect homages and sly winks slipped in all over the place.

I’ll be keeping an eye on Mangold’s updates to see what else is going down, and how he’s looking at it. This could get very interesting, I think.


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