Writer-director James Mangold says Logan is making a return to theaters in May, but this time in black and white. When Logan was first released in theaters in March of this year, it sadly marked Hugh Jackman’s last turn as the adamantium-clawed mutant after 17 years and nine appearances as the beloved character in the X-Men movie universe.
Under the direction of Mangold for the second time, Jackman and the filmmaker decided give a much harder edge to Logan – as well as Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) – than ever before, resulting in a crowd-pleasing R-rated movie that boasted a gritty and very bloody Wolverine tale laced with plenty of F-bombs.
In an appeal to the most hardcore Logan fans, Mangold announced on Twitter that the box office blockbuster was coming back to theaters on May 16 in black and white.
Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.— Mangold (@mang0ld) April 28, 2017
By the sound of Mangold’s tweet, the release of Logan in the classic cinematic format sounds like a one-night-only event intended for the purest of cineastes who want to see the film in all its big screen glory. Mangold said shortly after the film’s March 3 release that the Logan Blu-ray release would include “a very handsome black and white version of the picture.”
Mangold, of course, isn’t the first filmmaker in recent years to release to a black and white cut of his film. Mad Max: Fury Road writer-director George Miller included a black and white version of the film (dubbed the Black and Chrome edition) as part of his six-disc Mad Max High Octane Collection; as well part of the two-disc release of Fury Road that included both color and Black and Chrome versions.
Since Mangold has already said that there will not be a director’s cut coming of Logan, the black and white version of the film may be the most unique cut fans will see. There’s clearly a market for it – as fans have already imagined the film in the format with a black and white cut of the Logan trailer – so it will fascinating to watch the entire film in the format to see if it enhances the tone and presents the Logan’s farewell tale in a much different light.
With any luck, Mangold will offer his commentary on the black and white version of the film, too, highlighting the differences between it and the color version, as well as explaining his desire to convert the film to black and white in the first place.
The Logan black and white version hits theaters May 16th.
Source: James Mangold