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LOGAN: Fox Was “Up in Arms” Over Dark Tone

Logan will see Hugh Jackman retire the adamantium-laced claws of the Wolverine next month, with the X-Men spinoff brandishing an R rating for “strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.” 20th Century Fox probably felt comfortable moving ahead with the R rating after the monumental success of the R rated Deadpool this time last year, but according to 20th Century Fox chairman Stacey Snider, “there was real consternation about the intensity of the tone of the film,” she said during a Q&A at the Recode Media conference Tuesday.

Logan IMAX exclusive poster.
Logan IMAX exclusive poster.

“It’s more of an elegy about life and death. The paradigm for it was a Western, and my colleagues were up in arms,” Snider said. “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?”

On Wednesday, the studio released a viral marketing video showcasing Laura (Dafne Keene), the little girl that draws the former X-Man into another fight — one last time.

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Co-starring Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, and Stephen Merchant, Logan is directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine). Logan opens March 3rd.

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