When the marketing first started ramping up for Logan last year, the initial images of the film that many people saw were black-and-white production photos that were shared by director James Mangold on Instagram. They seemed to capture the tone of the movie so well that many people wondered if the movie might actually get released in black-and-white as well. Last week Mangold hinted on Twitter that it might be a possibility, but now he has essentially confirmed it in a recent interview. Details are still pretty scarce, but it sounds like it will be for the DVD and Blu-ray as opposed to a theatrical re-release. Here is what he had to say about it:
“It is something we are doing… 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.”
Warner Brothers put out a desaturated version of Mad Max: Fury Road last year called the “Black & Chrome Edition”, which did get a small theatrical release. Frank Darabont also did a black-and-white cut of The Mist for the Blu-ray release, which attempted to capture his original vision of the film. The format seems fitting for Logan as well, although in all of these cases if the movie was not originally lit for black-and-white when it was being shot then the end result may be somewhat limited. Would you watch a black-and-white version of Logan? Do you think any of these movies are better when viewed without colour?