Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gavin Hood and Lauren Shuler Donner On 'Wolverine 2'

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" comes out on DVD and Blu-ray next month and director Gavin Hood and producer Lauren Shuler Donner held a promotional Q&A session at Fox studios in Los Angeles.

As well as talking about the special features on the DVD/Blu-ray, they spoke about the planned sequel and further "Wolverine" movies beyond that.

Here are the some of the key points raised by Gavin and Lauren, as reported by Latino Review:

On whether the success of the first film means they'll take greater liberties or feel greater pressure to stay true to the source material:

Lauren Shuler Donner: I think it's our responsibility to remain true to the source material. There are other influences and other factors that make us deviate from it, the first of which being transcribing it to the screen. We certainly are fully aware of the fan base and try in every way possible to stay close to the source material. I think in 'Wolverine' it was a little bit different because there was a lot of different source material, a lot of different legends in Victor Creed's relationship to Logan and Logan's background. There were some choices we had to make. Certainly in 'Wolverine 2,' in the Japanese saga, we will stay very close to the source material. I think it's just best that way.

On whether they would ever draw on the more recent Wolverine comic book stories:

LSD: There are 40 years of material. Chris Claremont, they're still writing. Chris is writing an amazing series right now where Wolverine's killed, Storm is the villain. Sure, one day I'd love to do that.

On whether Wolverine could turn into a long, Bond-style franchise:

LSD: Yes, that would be wonderful. There's enough comic book material to support it. If we were to make up our own story, which we've never talked about, personally I would do it with Chris Claremont. I would stick with the creator.

On why a scene showing a young Storm encountering Wolverine was deleted:

Gavin Hood: Storm's the only one that didn't make the movie because there's only so many characters you can put in without it feeling a little cluttered. Lauren made the point, I think rightly, that none of the other movies have Storm giving any hint of having met Logan [before].

On what story possibilities they had kept in mind for a sequel:

GH: I just think that the Japanese story is so iconic and beautiful and could be so visual. That's the one and I'm reluctant to talk about others because I know Len [Wein]'s writing others now. And honestly, here's the truth: if the Japanese story works, there might be another sequel. And if it doesn't, there won't be. You can get ahead of yourselves by sort of stirring up rumors of what might be. I'm not going to even go there.

I don't even know if I would be involved. Right now I'm not attached. Nobody's attached. They're developing a script and we'll see where everybody is. I'm hoping to be shooting something next year and I don't think that Wolverine will be ready for next year. I haven't been approached one way or another. The studio is obviously very cautious. They want to see how Wolverine does on DVD. Let them develop the script, let's see what the script looks like, let's see how the studio feels about the script, how Hugh feels about it and then we'll take it from there."

More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: The Geek Files

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