Nick Pugh, vehicle designer for Logan, is the man we can thank for the Limousine and self-driving trucks in the film. Not only did the limo look slick, but the self-driving trucks provided an insanely cool set piece. Pugh has just shared some information behind the design process for these vehicles.
The director wanted Logan to drive a vehicle that was not new in 2029, so this limo is probably 5 years old by then. We tried not to make a design that drew too much attention to itself but also was something that you have not seen before. It is supposed to be an evolutionary step or two ahead but not gee wiz hi-tech futuristic. The style of the film dictated a car that was strong and masculine, but not pretty or flashy.
The self driving trucks were intended to be brutal, soulless and functional. They also are the only time where autonomous vehicle ideas are shown and we all felt strongly that their design should be very different than existing truck styling, hence the total removal of the cab. The other influence that effected them was looking at the whole macro view of the ISO container shipping system and trying to imagine what the future of this industry might evolve into, the illustrated diagram above shows this idea.
I definitely got the vibe he was going for with both designs, where the self-driving trucks personally stood out the most. Seeing them was a very cool moment, and added that soulless sense Pugh speaks about.
‘Logan’: New Concept Art Released For Unused Reaver Designs
Visually, Logan was stunning and a lot of that had to do with the cinematography. But other details were important, too, like Donald Pierce’s bionic arm, which made only a brief appearance. Pierce is a Reaver, an enhanced human with bionic body parts.
Concept artist Keith Christensen has shared his unused designs for other Reavers from Logan. Christensen, who’s worked on X-Men: Apocalypse and Man of Steel recently spoke with ComicBook.com about his designs and how they managed to evolve over the course of the film’s pre-production.
The initial designs that I did for François Audouy (production designer) we’re considerably more extreme. In the comics, one of the Reavers is completely robotic except for his head, while another has replaced his lower half with a small army tank. There’s a pretty huge conceptual gap between that kind of world and the one represented in the final film. To François’s credit, he really pushed the boundaries of plausibility with our initial concepts before paring down the characters to fit in a more grounded reality. Later I was brought back on the project by Daniel Orlandi (costume designer) who continued the process of developing the Reavers. Budget constraints forced a more minimal approach, so Daniel had me draw up revised versions based on his interpretation of the characters.
You can check out all of the concept art designs by clicking through the gallery.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, Dafne Keen as X-23, and Boyd Holbrook as Donal Pierce.
Directed by James Mangold, Logan is currently playing in theaters.