Last week, it was reported that “Logan” director James Mangold was working on a black and white version of the film. Now we have official confirmation from Mangold that the proposed black and white cut will be included when “Logan” is released on Blu-Ray and DVD.
While speaking with Deadline, Mangold elaborated on his previous comments, in which he said a black and white cut of “Logan” was something he was working on. “It is something we are doing,” he said. He then went on further, stating, “I think it even surprised everyone to the degree that there is a kind of a running assumption that black and white is a turnoff for most people. It caused such an extreme reaction, and so much appreciation for these pictures, and then people immediately wondering if the film itself was going to be in black and white, and so we are giving it a whirl, and I think the Blu-ray will come out with a pass on it. I think it will be a very handsome black and white version of the picture.”
The idea of a black and white edition of “Logan” should come as little surprise to fans. After all, nearly every one of the production images teased by Mangold in the buildup to the film were color-free, from Professor X to Donald Pierce to Caliban; even a photo a severed arm holding a shotgun, all in stark, beautiful black and white. Additionally, the same approach proved to be successful for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which also dropped a black and white edition of the similarly R-rated action film.
Directed by James Mangold, “Logan” is set in the near future, years after the epilogue of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In it, a weary Logan, whose healing factor is failing, cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Now in theaters nationwide, “Logan” stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant.