Shortly before “Logan” began production, Liev Schriber was supposed to reprise his role as Wolverine’s arch-nemesis/sibling, Sabretooth. Sadly, that never came to pass.
In speaking with CinemaBlend, screenwriter Scott Frank revealed how director James Mangold tired to work Sabretooth into a sequence midway through the film. Instead of a face off between the clawed mutants, the plan was to have the pair work together in rescuing Laura/X-23.
“There was a moment when we were thinking about, as I recall, Jim (Mangold) had an idea where when they were on the run, and they go to the gambling town, there may have been at that point they were going to see (Sabretooth) for help,” Frank told the publication.
He continued, “He was going to be there for help. Now that you mention it! I wouldn’t swear to it, but we thought that would have been an interesting thing to do. And then for whatever reason we didn’t do it.”
As some of you may recall, the incarnation of Sabretooth was brought to life by Liev Schreiber in 2010’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. The antagonistic mutant has never been known for his helpful nature. Still, it would be interesting to watch Sabretooth and Wolverine’s relationship unfold now that there’s only a handful of mutants left in 2029.
But looking from the context of “Logan”, Mangold and Frank made a conscious decision to keep the number of mutants to a minimum so that it wouldn’t take the focus off the central characters of Logan, Charles Xavier and Laura.
“Logan” is currently showing in local cinemas.
Feel free to check out our spoiler-free review for “Logan” here.