Christian Bale Travis McGee

John D. MacDonald‘s long-running character Travis McGee — the star of 21 novels — is moving back towards theaters thanks to a new adaptation of MacDonald’s first McGee novel The Deep Blue Good-By.

James Mangold is directing, from a script by Dennis Lehane, tracking the early days of a “salvage consultant” who helps people out so long as he gets to keep half the value of the Haul. Now we may know what McGee will look like, as Christian Bale has reportedly agreed to star in the film. Read More »

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James Mangold in Talks for Joe Namath Biopic

James Mangold directs Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine

James Mangold is looking to direct a movie about a larger-than-life figure who’s not a Marvel superhero. The Wolverine and Walk the Line helmer may be getting back into biopics with a film about Joe Namath, the legendary New York quarterback. Hit the jump for more details on the new project.

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wolverine sequel script

Fox just set a March 3, 2017 release date for the next solo Wolverine film. Now the studio has announced a screenwriter. David James Kelly is scripting the new Wolverine film, which will once again star Hugh Jackman in the title role. Kelly is presumably working from the story outline that director James Mangold starting working out months ago. Read More »

Wolverine sequel

The Wolverine director James Mangold has a couple of non-Wolverine projects in the file (such as The Deep Blue Good-By and Three Little Words) but we know that he has been developing a sequel to The Wolverine since that film opened last year. Now Mangold has revealed that he plans to shoot the next Wolverine sequel after Bryan Singer’s next X-Men movie is done. Read More »

James Mangold Deep Blue Good-By

Travis McGee is one of the many crime fiction heroes that stars in his own series of books. McGee’s basic approach to life is simple: he works only when he needs money, and then he takes jobs helping people recover stuff that has been taken from them. His fee is simple, too: he keeps half.

McGee is at the center of twenty-one books by John D. MacDonald, starting with the 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-By and going through The Lonely Silver Rain in 1984. There have been a couple film and TV versions of the character in the past, and several efforts to film McGee’s novels have come and gone without coming to fruition.

Among them, a Deep Blue Good-By movie has been in development for years. Now James Mangold has come on board to push those efforts forward. Mangold will direct The Deep Blue Good-By, with an actor yet to be cast in the lead role. Read More »

Wolverine chain

Things are ever-changing in the X-Men movie universe at 20th Century Fox. First, it was revealed James Mangold is developing a sequel to this year’s hit The Wolverine. Next, Bryan Singer revealed a sixth X-Men film is in the works for 2016, just as Simon Kinberg officially came on board to further develop the franchise. All that seems very encouraging except one of the biggest pieces isn’t 100% sold yet: Hugh Jackman.

In a recent interview, Jackman admitted he’s “excited” to develop the new Wolverine film but his expectations are so high, if the script doesn’t meet them, he won’t do it. Read his quote below. Read More »

James Mangold directs Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine

James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have been pretty vague so far about the “really cool ideas” they’re considering for the upcoming sequel to The Wolverine, especially because they haven’t settled on any one concept just yet. But one thing we now know for certain is that it’ll be based on an existing comic book storyline.

Mangold let the fact slip in a recent interview, during which he also discussed when, exactly, the movie might take place. Hit the jump to see what he had to day.

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The Wolverine

The Wolverine Unleashed Extended Edition takes big steps towards giving long-time fans the version of Marvel’s clawed mutant that they’ve always wanted to see on screen.

The first solo Wolverine movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was a bloated, cartoonish mess that vomited stereotypical criticisms of comic book movies onto the screen as story points. Unsurprisingly, that left no one happy. When a follow-up, The Wolverine, was revealed to be drawing direct inspiration from the character’s early solo comic book outing created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, there was reason to hope the character’s second headlining gig might fare better.

The Wolverine hit theaters this past summer, and thanks to James Mangold‘s direction (both on set and behind the scenes in dealing with Fox) it was a thematically strong film, with Nolan-esque ambitions to break the image of the comic book film as a superficial effects showcase. Yet it still seemed to be held in check; in particular the film’s violence and intensity didn’t quite match up to the intensity of Claremont and Miller’s conception of the character.

For the Blu-ray and digital release of The Wolverine, Fox is taking an unusual step by releasing an extended and unrated cut of the film. This marks the first time that Fox has veered away from the PG-13 rating with an X-Men movie, and a rare example of any major studio offering an extended unrated cut of a major tentpole. I saw the cut last night on the Fox lot. It is more bloody and violent; it’s a movie that offers the grimier side of Wolverine even as it fails to address issues that kept the theatrical cut from fulfilling all its ambitions.

Note: full spoilers for The Wolverine follow. Read More »

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