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The dark tone of ‘Logan’ had many studio executives very concerned at first

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When it was announced that Logan had entered development sometime ago, it was evident that movie and comic book fans alike were over the moon about the idea of an R-rated chapter in the Wolverine franchise. However, it appears that not everyone was totally on-board with the idea of the film veering away from typical comic book movie fare and heading in the dark, gritty, and violent direction that it ultimately took.

According to Variety, 20th Century Fox Film chairman Stacey Snider said that Logan’s tonal shift was concerning some executives internally. “Inside, there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film,” she said during a Q&A at the Recode Media conference on Tuesday. “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?”

Last month, Fox had announced that the MPAA had given Logan an R-rating for strong brutal violence, language throughout, and brief nudity. Even though the fans had been longing for a film such as this for years, the studio was still taking a major risk with this film and it’s only natural for them to worry about the possible outcomes. Keep in mind, though, Fox is the same studio that brought you last year’s Deadpool, the box office smash starring Ryan Reynolds that took home a massive worldwide haul of $786 million. At this point, they should be known for going out of the usual ballpark and taking a risk or two with their comic book films.

With less than a month to go until Logan hits theaters, the upcoming film will take place after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past and finds a weary Logan caring for an ailing Professor X in a hide out somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and the legacy he left behind are up-ended when a young mutant named Laura Kinney, perhaps best known as X-23, comes along while being pursued by dark forces. James Mangold directed Logan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Michael Green and Scott Frank. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holkbrook, Stephen Merchant, and introduces Dafne Keen.

Logan will open in U.S. theaters on March 3, 2017.

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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Netflix releases final trailer for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ ahead of streaming debut

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Netflix has released the final trailer for Martin Scorsese’s masterful gangster epic The Irishman starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci ahead of its debut on the streaming service next week.

Based on Charles Brandt’s true-crime novel I Heard You Paint HousesThe Irishman chronicles the story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a high-ranking labor union official and mob hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century, including Bufalino crime family boss Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

The film spans decades and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime, including its inner workings and connections to mainstream politics, as well as a glimpse into the mysterious 1975 disappearance of Hoffa, whose body was never actually found by authorities.

In addition to its three main stars, The Irishman boasts an incredible ensemble cast that also includes Ray Romano as Bill Bufalino, Harvey Keitel as Angelo Bruno, Anna Paquin as Peggy Sheeran, Jesse Plemons as Chuckie O’Brien, Bobby Cannavale as Felix DiTullio, and Stephen Graham as Anthony Provenzano.

The Irishman is currently playing in select theaters around the US and will begin streaming on Netflix just in time for Thanksgiving on November 27.

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David Fincher, Robert Towne begin development on ‘Chinatown’ prequel series at Netflix

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A prequel series to Roman Polanski‘s 1974 neo-noir classic Chinatown from David Fincher and Robert Towne is in early development at Netflix, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Per Deadline, Fincher and Towne — the latter of the two having won an Oscar for his screenplay for the film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway — have closed deals to begin working on a pilot script for the series.

The duo will also executive produce the project, which centers around “a young Jake Gittes (played by Nicholson in Polanski’s film) as he plies his business in a town where the wealthy and corruption involves areas like land, oil, and gangs.”

Fincher has reportedly expressed interest in directing an episode of the yet-to-be-titled series, though his current deal with the streamer only includes the pilot script and his handling of directorial duties would have to be negotiated into the agreement.

Netflix has developed quite a relationship with Fincher over the past several years, having collaborated with the director on series such as Love, Death & Robots, House of Cards, and Mindhunter.

Fincher’s latest collaboration with Netflix — a feature film about the life of Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz titled Mank — stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Lily Collins, and is expected to begin shooting in Los Angeles later this month.

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