‘Logan’ Director On The Benefits Of Watching The Black & White Version

'Logan' director James Mangold discusses the process of creating the black and white version of the film & the new experience it offers audiences.

Logan Noir
Logan opened to critical acclaim and box office success as fans flocked to theaters to witness Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the titular hero. Almost two months after the film was initially released, director James Mangold announced that a black and white version of the film would return to theaters with a Q & A session following screenings. In an interview with Screen Rant after Logan Noir was screened, Mangold discussed the process of releasing the black and white version of the film and explained why he believes the colorless edition creates a new experience for audiences.

Recounting how fans responded to black and white production stills for the film, Mangold talked about how his discussions with Fox on possibly producing a colorless version of Logan led to a limited theatrical release of the new edition.

“I brought up to Fox as we were in post that I really wanted to experiment with producing a black and white version of the movie for home video and we had already done something like that with the footage – we had this early teaser we released, this kind of documentary style thing of Hugh driving. So I did that, and as we were working on the home video, it looked so good that I started talking to people about, ‘Why don’t we put this on a screen for a day or two?’ I didn’t know if Fox would respond or if theater owners would respond and suddenly it was happening. It was really exciting.”

Mangold commented on the new experience offered by the black and white version of the film and how it connects viewers to films of the past.

“Well, I think black and white focuses you on character, in a way, it reduces the amount of eye candy, of color and distraction, but I think what it really is for most of us is a chance to connect the movie with movies of the past. It suddenly feels connected to Westerns and noir films that I wish people would watch more of. I think it’s an exercise for real film fans to just enjoy – no different if I were a musician and I rested the band and played something with solo guitar, just a chance to see and process the same song slightly differently.”

Mangold shared some his favorite moments from the black and white version of the film.

“Well there’s lots of stuff that looks great – sumptuous – in it, but the night stuff I really, really love watching. I love watching the opening sequence of the movie, or I also love the tank scene – with Logan and Charles in the darkened tank with the light coming through. Night work I always think looks amazing in black and white, just rich blacks and sharps light sources piercing the night looks great.”

You can read the full interview with James Mangold here.

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Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.

Logan is now available on Digital HD  and will be released on Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 23.

Source: Screen Rant

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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