Hutch Parker (‘Logan’ producer): X-Men ‘Wolverine’ film was meant to ‘be bold and shake it up a little bit’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“There was sort of a movement building to something like ‘Logan,'” reveals producer Hutch Parker during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about this critically acclaimed installment in the “X-Men” franchise. Directed by James Mangold, the film finds Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine in the not-too-distant future caring for his ailing surrogate father Dr. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose mind has been ravaged by dementia, somewhere on the Mexican border. Into their lives comes Laura (Daphne Keen), a young mutant who forces the duo out of hiding and on the run. The film was “an attempt to do something different, to be bold and shake it up a little bit.”

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He gives due credit to Mangold, who first dipped his toes into the superhero genre with the samurai and noir-influenced “The Wolverine” (2013). “Out of that experience came the instinct that there was further to go with the character,” Parker divulges. Jackman as well “was eager and hungry to do more. I think Jim rightly had the instinct to drive it towards something much more dramatic, something unique in tone, looked to model it as a western.”

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In addition to “Logan” and “The Wolverine,” Parker has also produced “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016), and “Patriots Day” (2016). “Logan” recently received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Stewart), Best Young Actor/Actress (Keen), and Best Action Film.

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