Mark Bomback

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With Fox looking to expand their line-up of super hero franchises gone to the big screen, it’s only natural that they should seek exposure for new characters through the already established properties.  Such is the case with the recently released Wolverine flick, tying Logan’s story to the X-Men trilogy and paving way for him to return to the team.  We got to see Jean Grey show up in the solo movie and, as it turns out, there was supposed to be a little Rogue running around as well.

In the end, the writers opted out of bringing Rogue on board, thinking that it would have just been too much to shoehorn her in.  Or, in the words of one of the writers, Mark Bomback:

I love Rogue and I just think that there’s something about this idea that Rogue is tremendously empathetic but incapable of safe human contact. That always moved me and I thought that’s what really got to the heart of what makes the X-Men franchise so unique. So I was trying to do something with Rogue in the script. I even had a set of ideas that the old man possessed a version of Rogue’s power and that was going to be indicated by a white stripe in his hair. Eventually it became very goofy, and I threw it out because I started realizing throughout the script that it became more problematic than cool.

It’s no accident to me that in the first X-Men film the first two mutants that you really see who have a connection are Wolverine and Rogue. There’s something special between them, so I was trying to bring Rogue into it, but it just didn’t get there. I regretted there wasn’t a way to figure it out, but when I look at the film now, it would have stuck out if we tried to shoehorn her in there just because it was another character from the universe.

Personally, I’d rather they have stuck with the original comic relationship between Logan and Kitty Pryde rather than creating a younger Rogue and using her as a stand-in (and thus removing her own unique and awesome backstory).  But I guess that just ain’t gonna happen, is it?


Thanks to Blastr for the heads-up.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the follow-up to last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has been doing the production shuffle as it preps up for eventual filming.  The latest in new faces to be visiting the project is Mark Bomback, script writer for films such as Total Recall (the new one), Live Free or Die Hard and the as-of-yet unreleased The Wolverine.

The script had already been put together by the team of Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa and the studio was happy with it at the time, but since signing Matt Reeves as director they decided they wanted a rewrite to bring the existing screenplay more in line with his style.  Well, it’s a long way off, so no telling how this movie will turn out, but personally I’ve not been impressed with Bomback so far.  Let’s hope the other two laid enough groundwork that he won’t butcher it.

Providing there’s no zombie apocalypse, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be hitting theaters on May 23rd, 2014.


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Good news, everyone! After rumors The Wolverine would be shooting in Australia exclusively, where they apparently get a very nice tax break, Fox CEO Tom Rothman has confirmed the production will indeed do location work in Japan. He clarified to MTV, “we’re doing the stage work in Australia… the location work will be in Japan.”

It’s such good news they’re filming in Japan, where much of Christopher McQuarrie‘s script is set. Had they tried to reproduce the Japanese scenery in an Australian sound stage I think they would have lost some of the heart to Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine, on which The Wolverine is said to be based.

Rothman added,

It’s set in Japan. A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it’s based on the very famous run of the comics… I can just tell you on behalf of [Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, bad ass, berserker rage Wolverine.

Fuck. Yes.

Of course, Hugh Jackman is returning as Wolverine with James Mangold directing. They’ll be working from Mark Bomback‘s revision of McQuarrie’s script.

The Wolverine will release July 26, 2013.

Source: /Film

Curious about the state of the eagerly aniticipated, The Wolverine? Hugh Jackman recently talked details with Collider during a Real Steel promotional interview. Here’s what he had to say about the script from new director James Mangold and writer Mark Bomback and what they brought to the original Darren Aronfsky and Chris McQuarrie version,

We had a script that was under Darren Aronofsky’s directorial—it’s 85 percent the same.  Darren took it in a Darren Aronofsky way and it’s a version I know fans would have liked to have seen – I would have loved to have seen it.  James Mangold’s version of the script brought Mark Bomback on. We always had a strong base there.  This is the best script we have had, which is precisely why Darren signed on.  I tried to get Darren to do X3 and Wolverine and he was always like, ‘It’s not really for me.’ I knew he was looking for a comic book movie and he read this one and he goes, ‘Hey, this is the best one I’ve ever read.’  So there is a lot of meat on the bone there.  Now, Mark and Jim have taken it and I think that it as strong, if not stronger, than what we would have had with Darren.

I’m totally cool with this new script being 85% the same as Aronofsky’s vision. Let’s be honest, I think we are all cranky we won’t get to see what Aronofsky would have brought to a super hero picture. Did you see his film, The Fountain with Jackman? Trippy and awesome. I know it was panned as too confusing, but that wild originality would have added such a punch to a Wolverine flick, I’m telling ya.

Oh well, if Jackman says the new revision from Mangold and Bomback is even stronger, I’m stoked. Now can you please wrap-up Les Miserables so filming can begin!!

On a scale of one to ten, how excited are you for a good version of a Wolverine movie? Y’know, something in the vein of his First Class cameo and less of the entirety of Wolverine: Origins.


It’s been a rough road for The Wolverine thus far. Just when it seemed like Darren Aronofsky would take the project, he bowed it. Now we have James Mangold (director of Walk the Line), a not ideal but still very acceptable choice, at the helm. Though the director swapping was frustrating, there was at least a stable script, written by Academy Award-winning The Usual Suspects writing Christopher McQuarrie. So we had that going for us, right? Well…

Now that shooting on the flick – based largely on the Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that sends the clawed hero to Japan – has been pushed back to 2012, writer Mark Bomback has been called in to give the script a rewrite.

Why? Don’t know. Rumor has it that McQuarrie’s script was quite good (and given his past record, that doesn’t seem far fetched at all), and now we’ve got the guy who worked on the Total Recall remake and Jack the Giant Killer taking a stab at things. It’s far from dooming news for the flick, but it remains a little puzzling.

There’s no real word at this point on just how much Bomback will be doing to the script, whether he’s just tweaking or overhauling. Right now all we can do is wait for more word and try not to lose hope in this picture just yet.

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, here’s our first officially look at First Look at Colin Farrell in ‘Total Recall’ Rebootfrom the upcoming Total Recall reboot.

In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Colin admitted that this film “will be much less jokey” and thank God for that. Repeating the same lines as Arnold Schwarzenegger from the original would be weird and Colin agrees, saying that he wouldn’t feel comfortable delivering “Consider dat a divorce!” again. From what’s been gathered  “the new story involves nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai, with Douglas Quaid (Farrell) a factory worker in the latter who begins to believe he is a spy, although he doesn’t know for which side.” Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) plays Vilos Cohaagen, “the leader of Euromerica who, under the cover of protecting his people, is secretly readying an invasion of New Shanghai.” Not Quite Mars, but it still looks promising.

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