Fox Was Concerned About “Logan” Intensity

A few weeks out from the release of the final Wolverine film “Logan,” it seems 20th Century Fox has a sure fire hit on its hands. Yet Fox film chairman Stacey Snider, speaking at the Recode Media conference on Tuesday, has revealed that wasn’t the case at one time.

Talking with Variety during the convention in California, she says that the Hugh Jackman-led “X-Men” spin-off’s western archetypal story was something her colleagues weren’t thrilled about, and the much darker tone proved troublesome during discussions:

“Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film. 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?”

The film scored an R rating last month for brutal violence and nudity. A glimpse of how dark it gets can be seen in a new clip featuring young mutant X-23 (Dafne Keen). The clip shows archived footage of her surgeries, where adamantium claws are infused within her skeletal system.