James Mangold’s superhero masterpiece Logan is set in a future where pretty much everything has fallen apart — and the first draft of the film would’ve shown all the gritty details of how it happened.
Spoilers ahead for Logan!
IGN chatted with Mangold to discuss how the project evolved from page to screen, and the director revealed he originally had the story open with the infamous “Westchester Incident” only alluded to in the final version of the film. We can glean that a lot of people (including most of the X-Men) died in the event, and that Xavier was likely to blame, but we’re never told exactly what went down. Mangold said after writing the scene, he came to realize it distracted from the smaller story about Logan and Xavier. So he left out the details.
Check out Mangold’s comments below:
“I literally had written an opening which started with that sequence,” said Mangold. “And so it was quite literal, who was dead. But the reason we didn't do it wasn't to spare other films, it was that it redefined the movie. It made the movie about the X-Men, instead of being about Logan and Charles. And irrevocably, when you read the script opening that way, it became about this other tragedy, as opposed to that tragedy being something hovering like a shadow in the background for these characters.”
Though we would’ve loved to see the wild scene that took out the X-Men actually play out in live action, it’s hard to argue they made the right call. That type of scene would’ve been a strange fit for the story Mangold ultimately told, and would’ve almost certainly distracted and overshadowed it.
What do you think? Should this have made the cut?