Interview: Donner On R-Rated Deadpool And Delayed Japanese Wolverine

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-09-07 22:51:28discussion comments
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The X-Men franchise has seen many different directors, writers, and actors, but one name that has been attached to all of them is producer Lauren Shuler Donner. Ever since 2000, when Bryan Singer first brought the uncanny heroes to the big screen, Donner has been behind the scenes making it all work and in the case of X-Men: First Class, she helped the project hit it out of the park.

With the summer superhero blockbuster set to be released at the end of this week, on what they are dubbing ďFirst Class Friday,Ē I had the chance to sit down with Lauren Shuler Donner and discuss not only X-Men: First Class but also upcoming franchise properties such as The Wolverine and Deadpool. Check out the interview below.

In many ways this film does maintain the continuity established in the first four films but there are also places where things donít sync up. Would you say that this film is a prequel or is it simply the first film in a new timeline?

Both [laughs]. Really, it is. Because of choices that were made itís obvious now in its own timeline, but we have no intention of ignoring the other movies.

Do you know what the future of the First Class timeline is going to be yet? Is there going to be a sequel? Obviously the X-Men universe as a whole is gigantic with many different possibilities.

Weíre talking about it. Weíre talking about a next one. Weíre just in discussions now, so itís kind of early.

In terms of contracts, are the actors all signed on for multiple films?

Studios always do that.

While I have you, I was also hoping to talk about some of the other properties in the X-Men universe. There was a story a couple weeks ago that said that production on The Wolverine has been pushed back to 2012. Is that true?

Yeah, thatís true.

Is it because of the effects of the tsunami?

That hurt us. It really did, I mean, it hurt them more, obviously, but yeah, that had an impact on us. Itís still the Japanese saga. Itís still the saga and we will shoot there as much as we can. Itís just that that point was the wrong time.

Is the plan to split time between Japan and Canada?

Not sure. Weíre figuring that out now. Weíre exploring where weíre going to shoot it.

There was a long list of candidates for the Wolverine directing job. What do you think made James Mangold the right choice?

I really liked Walk The Line and I really liked Girl Interrupted and I really liked 3:10 To Yuma. For me thereís three things that I look for. One thing is performance, because really itís all about characters, even in action movies. Two is a look, you know, visual, because we have to have a style. Three is the ability to handle action and certainly with 3:10 To Yuma you could see that and heís very experienced. I think we lucked out.

Iím also a huge Deadpool fan and I really canít wait to see what the big screen has in store for the character in a solo film.

Good! Youíre going to love it!

How real is it looking at this point?

Iíll know by the end of this year. Weíre pulling all of the elements together now. I can tell you that the script adheres very closely to the Deadpool world; itís outrageous and itís violent and itís funny. Itís really funny and irreverent and I think weíve captured his essence.

As a two part question, Tim Miller is a young director, and the project would be his first feature film. What did you see of his work that ended up getting him the job and will the Deadpool movie be rated R?

If we make the movie it needs to be a rated R film. Otherwise you canít make it. As for Tim, most of the advertisements for the games you play, everybody plays, he does those. Heís justÖit would give it a very different look, a very different feel, which would be totally appropriate for Deadpool. Again, I donít want people to feel like theyíve seen these movies before. Every movie has to have its own identity, and he will bring a whole different visual style to it. Very different visual style. And heís funny! He fits right into that world. He fits right in. Heís perfect.
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