James Mangold reveals the films that have influenced The Wolverine

The WolverineWhen it comes to the X-Men franchise, much of the talk lately has revolved around next year’s mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will see Bryan Singer (Jack the Giant Slayer) bringing together the casts of X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men trilogy, but before we get to that, Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) is set to don the adamantium claws again this year for the solo sequel The Wolverine.

We’re still waiting to see the first trailer from the film (which is expected to arrive alongside G.I. Joe: Retaliation this month), but in the meantime, director James Mangold (Knight and Day) has taken to Twitter to reveal what films have influenced his adaptation of the classic 1982 comic book series…

Chunking Express (1994, dir. Kar Wai Wong)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976, dir. Clint Eastwood)
The Samurai Trilogy (1954-56, dir. Hiroshi Inagaki)
Floating Weeds (1959, dir. Yasujirô Ozu)
Black Narcissus (1947, dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger)
Happy Together (1997, dir. Kar Wai Wong)
13 Assassins (2010, dir. Takeshi Miike)
The French Connection (1971, dir. William Friedkin)

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

The Wolverine is set for release on July 26th, with a cast that includes Will Yun Lee (Total Recall), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai), Brian Tee (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), Hal Yamanouchi (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and newcomers Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.d.stokes.3 Anthony Donovan Stokes

    This excites me, behind Ironman 3 and Kickass 2 this is my most anticipated movie this summer for a few reasons. Superhero movies are a sub genre, not a genre on it's own it needs to be mixed with something else to work. TDK is a crime film, Kickass is a black comedy, Chronicle is a found footage, etc. The idea of a samurai superhero film with an invincible character blows my mind.

  • XS

    I agree… In fact, this is the film I look most forward to. Mangold made two of my all time favorite films (Copland, 3:10 to Yuma) and he knows how to handle characters… plus, the films he used as an inspiration all have their class and style, none of those is a cheap popcorn flick. And although I wish Aronofsky (Black Swan) had filmed the original screenplay (with Wolverine being the only &

  • http://twitter.com/HolyFranchise HolyFranchiseBatman!

    Agree that the samurai superhero concept has great potential. I'm optimistic, and I'm also glad they aren't shoehorning random mutants in for the sake of it. Looking forward to the trailer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.d.stokes.3 Anthony Donovan Stokes

    there's so much room to play with, I'm excited, I hope they address how he's immortal , they should set it far after xmen 3.