The promise of seeing a truly traditional cinematic experiences for one of the greatest films of 2017 has finally be realized. Marvel's masterpiece Logan teased and hinted at a black and white noir version of the blockbuster during their promotional run. And, true to form, director James Mangold has produced the goods this week online.
While this does only come in the form of a short, the complete copy will be made available to fans as of May 23. The aesthetics are there, but stripping the movie back without color really gives the genre a Western feel that it attempted to follow from the beginning.
But don't take our word for it. Check it out for yourself!
Black and White Copy Coming May 23
LOGAN in sumptuous B&W on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD May 23rd (along w/ color) and yes B&W in 4K in 4K package! And Noir in theaters tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/vJcn0HJOHx
— Mangold (@mang0ld) May 16, 2017
Mangold had the honor of releasing the showpiece trailer. If this wasn't enough good news to handle, he explained that the noir version of the feature will be out in theaters on May 17.
"LOGAN in sumptuous B&W on Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD May 23rd (along w/ color) and yes B&W in 4K in 4K package! And Noir in theaters tomorrow!," he tweeted.
Spanglish Improvising Session Packs a Punch
Fronting an extra from 20th Century Fox on the breakout hit of the installment, Patrick Stewart said he was given an indication of Dafne Keen's brilliance when the director replayed footage of her first audition.
"James (Mangold director) showed me a clip of her audition on camera and he said 'I'd like to know what you think of this,'" the actor recalled. "She was playing the scene and it was very very good. On the clip, she asked the director (if she) could improvise the scene, and went into her own version of the scene in a mixture of Spanish and English. It was one of the most extraordinary bits of audition tape I'd ever seen in my life."
Producer Hutch Parker believes her combination of grace and endurance was something he still not has comprehended fully. Given they started shooting when she was only 11 years of age.
"There were qualities you cannot ask of somebody to deliver," he argued. "A level of strength, a sort of stage presence and a maturity that doesn't really make sense to me. It felt like she could do this most difficult thing of - on the one hand being this emotional co-star with Hugh (Jackman) and with Patrick (Stewart). On top of that also manage the physicality which is pretty demanding. She was really a remarkable discovery."
For her co-star Hugh Jackman, Keen's strength was not just metaphorical.
"She came in for the audition," explains the Australian. "There is a scene where she punches me in the arm and I went home and had bruises all over my arm. No offense to all those guys I've fought, but I've never gone home with bruises until that day (laughs)."