Original Script For THE WOLVERINE Had Only One Mutant

It should be pretty obvious who that mutant is, right? Chirs McQuarrie talks more about the draft he wrote for Darren Aronofsky before James Mangold took over directing duties. Would you have preferred this route or are you looking forward to Fox's shared universe?

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By Mark Julian - 12/19/2012

Fans were pretty happy with the team of McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) being the guiding creative force behind the second solo Wolverine film. In the end, things didn't work out and James Mangold who's by no means a slouch(Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) , stepped in. It's pretty much confirmed that Mangold has tweaked the script to at least add one mutant, The Silver Samurai and is rumored to have added a host of other X-Men in cameo roles to start building their own cinematic universe at Fox. Below, McQuarrie talks a bit about the original plans for the film.

"Well you know, it was an X-Men movie – it was a Marvel movie – but it existed very much in a real world. And more than anything, I love it for the very fact that – at least in the script I wrote – he was the only mutant in the movie… It was what you’d imagine the Wolverine universe to be under the control of somebody who wrote ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘The Way of the Gun’ and is a fan of Sergio Leone. It was Kurosawa’s Wolverine. There was a real romance to it, there was real humor to it, and a very straightforward sort of plain-faced brutality to it. I’m hoping they preserve that.

Hugh was really great, I liked working with Hugh a lot – he was very understanding, very open and supportive of me – so I’ll be very interested to see how that film turns out."



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Spinning out of the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan where he falls for the beautiful Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) to the grave displeasure of her father Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) and her half-brother, the fearsome Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). But this isn't Logan's first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun or his first encounter with the Yashida clan. Based on a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) and Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall )and the comic book by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont.


Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: July 26, 2013
MPAA Rating: R (rumored)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto
Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Mark Bomback (screenplay) Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay) Frank Miller (comic book) Chris Claremont (comic book)

Source: ScreenRant
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TheFirstAvenger97 - 12/19/2012, 10:14 AM
That's a movie I would have watched.
TheFirstAvenger97 - 12/19/2012, 10:15 AM
First!
JediRob - 12/19/2012, 10:16 AM
Even if this movie turns out cool, I will always mourn the loss of this movie. I WANT to see that movie he described.
MarkJulian - 12/19/2012, 10:20 AM
@brazilianbatman Umm that's what he does in the Claremont arc. I'm not going to spoil how its a fair fight since you don't know but keep in mind, he's fighting ninjas.
Shamo - 12/19/2012, 10:23 AM
i'd prefer to have him fight Silver Samurai.
RedeyeJedi - 12/19/2012, 10:25 AM
I almost screamed when I found out that Aronofsky had dropped out of this. I suppose now all I'm concerned with is getting a decent Wolverine flick. Please Mr. Mangold, don't [frick] this up.
jimoakley666 - 12/19/2012, 10:27 AM
From all that I've heard, the script is, apparently, pretty much as McQuarrie left it with one or two very minor differences such as Silver Samurai retaining his originally removed mutant power and the X-Men cameos / flashbacks.
RedeyeJedi - 12/19/2012, 10:30 AM
@fettastic- I think my main problems with FF were (1) Jessica Alba as Sue Storm. WTF!?! (2) Galactus. What.The.F*ck.
superotherside - 12/19/2012, 10:43 AM
Meh. I may or may not watch this. Doubt I'll watch it at the theater, I may watch it when it's on DVD.
superotherside - 12/19/2012, 10:45 AM
Considering that First Class has been Fox's only not terrible movie (IMO) I'm being actually quite open minded. I still think Marvel Studios could do a better job.
CharacterAssassin - 12/19/2012, 10:54 AM
This is gonna be another WINO film.
Father - 12/19/2012, 10:55 AM
if the story was great, thats all that matters.
parkerray - 12/19/2012, 10:56 AM
One mutant sounds like a suckfest to me. Anybody who suffered through the seventies/eighties CBMs would likely agree. I'm glad Mangold took over. Seems like Fox is actually trying to learn from Avengers and their past mistakes.

@fett Nice to hear someone stick up for the FF movies. They were fun and Alba was, as you said, HOT AS [frick].
CharlesLord - 12/19/2012, 11:12 AM
being hot as [frick] doesnt make up for how piss poor of a movie it was
santoanderson - 12/19/2012, 11:17 AM
I do wish Fox would stop with the 2-second mutant cameos, mostly because it [frick]s up the universe's continuity. "Oh hey, look, it's Emma Frost. She's 17 years old in the 1980's despite the fact that she was 35 in the 1960's."

If you're going to introduce a fairly well known character, as a cameo, at least have a plan for the future.
RaleighAntrobus - 12/19/2012, 11:23 AM
Does FOX not understand that it's too late? They have butchered their version of a Marvel universe, the damage is irreverisble.

They've just become desperate at this point, and it shows.
loveturnmills - 12/19/2012, 11:26 AM
First Class was one of the best cbms I have EVER watched. So I'm seeing First Class as a fresh start for Fox so I'm extremely excited for Wolverine. Forget about the bullshit films Fox did and judge them on the last X-Men film they did...
Milling - 12/19/2012, 11:35 AM
well deadpool isen't a mutant :P
DioFoRio - 12/19/2012, 12:03 PM
whatever, the best part of any mutant was Omega Red in last stand
m0th3r - 12/19/2012, 12:05 PM
@Farkosaurus EXACTLY! But they dont care about characters, just money...they will pump them out as long as profit margin is there
StrangerX - 12/19/2012, 1:16 PM
I dig it!!
patriautism - 12/19/2012, 1:24 PM
That sounds awesome.. One of the biggest problems with Origins, all power display, no story.. Every three minutes you meet a new mutant, and they show off their powers, no characterization whatsoever.
JacksonVegaIII - 12/19/2012, 1:59 PM
Sounds really interesting. Wolverine being the only mutant wouldve worked, one of the main problems with all the previous x-men films (1st class is the only half good one) has been they have way too many characters, so 70 to 80 % of em are just pretty people playing crap, underdeveloped, uninspiring and dull characters no one gives a shizz about. A few well developed mutants and I'll be happy. Ta
JacksonVegaIII - 12/19/2012, 2:06 PM
RaleighAntrobus - Mangolds gonna make you look a right tit next year
PeeJ - 12/19/2012, 2:07 PM
So this is Fox's "Iron Man" when it comes to a unified cinematic universe.... So what? We are to expect some guy to appear and ask Logan for help tracking down a crazy mercinary that he's partly responsible for and Logan tells him to get stuffed?

To be fair, I'd probably lose my shit in the cinema if it was something that hinted at us actually geting that deadpool script made into a movie.
SuperSpiderMan5778 - 12/19/2012, 2:21 PM
man i can't wait. i hope they cameo deadpool in it somehow.
marvel72 - 12/19/2012, 3:59 PM
i would of been pleased with wolverine vs silver samurai & shit load of ninja.
Fogs - 12/19/2012, 5:50 PM
"...is a fan of Sergio Leone. It was Kurosawa’s Wolverine..."

Oh boy... I'd love to see something with those references...
DurtyTalynt - 12/19/2012, 6:37 PM
Ninja Assassin will be a far better film than this. The wolverine will have less action and it won't be as clean.
mgeoff88 - 12/19/2012, 7:30 PM
I really like the fact FOX is trying to build towards a shared universe. I just don't want their movies to suffer due to the over saturation of characters.
maxxgone - 12/19/2012, 7:52 PM
just, just, just...just ahh goddamit. i don't mean to be negative nancy but you know damn well that james [frick]ing mangold & co did NOT retain this feel in any way shape or form.
Goggles - 12/19/2012, 8:38 PM
I was only ever excited for The Wolverine when Aronofsky was attached to it. I could honestly care less about it now.
CarlXVIGarfield - 12/19/2012, 9:32 PM
A shame this didn't happen. Now we can expect introduction of crappy mutants that serve no purpose except showing off some "cool" cg effect.
pepe - 12/19/2012, 11:10 PM
Crap movie....
TesDaGreat - 1/22/2013, 6:21 AM

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