Delayed X-Men Spinoff 'Gambit' Receives an Update From Fox

Monday, 05 June 2017 - 9:45PM
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Monday, 05 June 2017 - 9:45PM
Delayed X-Men Spinoff 'Gambit' Receives an Update From Fox
Marvel
If you can't remember last October when the ragin' cajun X-Man finally hit theaters in the Channing Tatum-led Gambit movie, that's because it never happened. Gambit was first announced back in 2014, with a slated release date of October 7, 2016, but ever since then it's been nothing but delays and setbacks for the film.

The project started off on pretty good footing: there was a script and a big name attached to star, Rupert Wyatt boarded as the film's director in June 2015, and Lea Seydoux was cast as Bella Donna in August. Everything was looking good for the planned shooting start date of October 2015, but then Wyatt left the production in September. Tatum also came close to leaving but ultimately chose to stay, with the studio finding a new director in Doug Liman in November. Production was then slated to begin in March 2016, until it got pushed to October 2016.

By then it was clear the movie would not make its original release date, especially when the start date got pushed again to early 2017, but it still seemed like it would get made eventually. But then in August of 2016, Liman left the film (and has since joined - and left - Justice League Dark), leaving the movie without a director for a third time. That was almost a year ago now, yet the film still finds itself without anyone to direct it. It also wasn't mentioned when Fox announced their most recent upcoming slate of X-Men films, which included a different spinoff, New Mutants.

But according to Fox, Gambit is indeed still happening. Hutch Parker, who's one of the main producers on Fox's X-Men movies, told Screen Rant the following when asked if Gambit was still a possibility:

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"It is. It is. I don't have any news on that but there's still a desire and a passionate interest to see that movie made."
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Not exactly a concrete endorsement, but Parker at least makes it sound like Gambit will happen at some point. Producer Simon Kinberg had previously compared Tatum's passion for the project to that of Ryan Reynold's on Deadpool and Hugh Jackman on Logan, and since those films both turned out amazingly well for the studio, it's possible they'll want to let Tatum do his thing on Gambit as well.

And while Liman's chances of returning are slim, he recently told IGN that he's optimistic as well:

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"You know, it's a crowded field of superhero films so the challenge for Gambit or any of those other movies is finding its unique space and its unique take. But, yeah, I think Simon Kinberg, who is producing it, is a great producer and he'll create something great out of it."
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As far as what's next for Fox's X-Men franchise, they've now got New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix all arriving next year, while X-Force and Deadpool 3 are in early development. So since it's still going to be a while before Gambit makes it to the big screen, you'll have to just get by by looking at pictures of Channing Tatum when he got that awful Gambit-style haircut in anticipation of the filming that never took place.

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