Twentieth Century Fox chairman Stacey Snider has admitted that the darker tone for Logan was initially a definite worry for his colleagues at the company. According to Variety Snider made the admission at a Q&A at the Recode Media conference in Laguna Niguel, California on Tuesday.
“Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film,” said Snider. “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?”
Instead, he argues, “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?”
Logan was eventually given an R-rating in America, and though the suits may have been worried, the film’s cast and crew have pretty much been wearing that rating as a badge of honour and fans have been lapping up the tone of the trailers.
And while we’re in a Logan frame of mind, here’s the latest IMAX poster for the film, which does have a bit of a ’60s or ’70s Western vibe to it. Click on the image for a much larger version.