Fox Admits It Was Concerned About The Intensity Of LOGAN
This is a great sign

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Last night at the Code Conference, Fox chairman Stacey Snider talked about the film business. During a Q&A, she was asked about Logan. Her answer admitted that many people at Fox were concerned about the movie, specifically its intense tone.

“Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film,” she said in a Q&A at the Recode Media conference Tuesday in Laguna Niguel, Calif.. “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? 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?”

This is a remarkable answer for several different reasons. First, it’s honest in a way that let’s us peek behind the curtain of these studios. We already know that studios operate on fear. They want to be as safe as possible because taking a risk puts their job on the line if those risks don’t pay off. That makes them want to retreat to what they know.

It’s why Warner Bros turned to a darker, Chris Nolan-like tone after Green Lantern bombed. It’s why Fox turned to Bryan Singer to keep the mainline X-Men movies going, and why they were afraid to make Deadpool and give James Mangold the bandwidth to do what he wanted with The Wolverine.

This answer takes away the veneer and lets us see, first hand, that, yes, they do operate on that fear. Snider specifically says her colleagues were up in arms because the movie is more of a Western and walks away from the lighter hearted Wolverine people grew up with in the original X-Men. This is a deeper look at his psyche, and it wants to do nothing but soak in character. There is no superhero here, there’s just a real story about a dude. You don’t see superhero movies like that, because most of them are larger than life beings.

So the answer lets us look past the veneer of studios, it gives us a deeper look at Wolverine itself and, perhaps most importantly, it gives me hope for the movie. It’s a great sign that some of the suits at Fox were worried about the movie being too intense, because it shows us that the film is taking risks. It’s trying new things and not just dumping out another Wolverine movie.

And finally, Fox admitting their concerns is a great sign because it shows they’re comfortable enough to reveal their doubts. If they thought their concerns were valid, they wouldn’t be admitting this.

Logan comes out in just a couple weeks, and all the word is that Fox has something special on their hands. Reviews are expected to come out later this week, giving us another sign that it’s safe to get excited for the third Wolverine movie. [Variety]

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