The 'Gambit' Movie Is Being Reworked to Be More Like 'Deadpool' and 'Logan', Says Channing Tatum

Friday, 21 July 2017 - 2:01PM
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Friday, 21 July 2017 - 2:01PM
The 'Gambit' Movie Is Being Reworked to Be More Like 'Deadpool' and 'Logan', Says Channing Tatum
After over a year of near complete silence on the subject of the planned Gambit movie, Channing Tatum's recent comments at San Diego Comic Con inspire the faint glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, this movie will one day exit development hell—and will be far better than it would have been if it had been made in a pre-Deadpool world.

Speaking to Yahoo Movies following the panel for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Tatum stated that part of the reason the movie has been put on hold is because of just how much Fox's recent solo superhero movies have shaken up the studio's strategy with regards to future films:

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"We got really lucky. We had a first draft it was good but we were coming to at a time at that creative phase of [the X-Men], where these movies went through a bit of a paradigm shift, where the X-Men movies and the superhero movies with Logan and Deadpool really broke down a lot of doors for us. We were trying to do some things that we actually weren't allowed to do, and they just smashed down the doors, so we're giving it a bit of a rethink."
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It's fabulous to hear that Fox might have actually learned the right lessons from Deadpool and Logan. These two movies really push the boundaries of what a superhero movie can be, as they blend their comic book roots with comedy and gritty Western motifs, respectively. If Gambit is to follow in these footsteps, it may well be worth the wait—especially if it means throwing out the script that former director Doug Liman hated so much.

After all, Gambit would never really work as a traditional superhero film. The character is always at his best when being a little naughty, and if his movie draws inspirations from, say, the crime genre, then a superhero heist movie that's a little more willing to take risks than Ant Man would be a lot of fun, and would fit perfectly with Gambit's fuzzy approach to right and wrong.



It does seem like the entire superhero genre is moving towards a kind of hybrid approach to storytelling, borrowing from other movie genres where needed to make a more unique story. New Mutants will be both a teen drama and a horror film, while X-Men: Dark Phoenix is going to blast off into space, presumably in an effort to keep up with Marvel's growing list of intergalactic comic book films.

When Tatum says that Gambit will draw inspiration from Deapool and Logan, he doesn't simply mean that the film will have lots of gratuitous swearing and violence. The danger has always been that Fox might think that it's the hard R-rating that made these movies a success. When asked about this, Tatum dismissed the idea of an R-rated Gambit outright:

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We're not quite going there, because I enjoyed Gambit as a kid so I don't want to rule out PG-13.
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While it's great that Gambit will probably have more freedom to get a little messy if need be, what matters most is that the movie is built around its story first, without creators focusing too heavily on what rating—and, therefore, what marketing approach—will best suit the studio's needs. Of course, all of this is dependent upon the movie actually being made. Shazam! took us all by surprise yesterday, so there's every chance that someone might be working fervently behind the scenes on making the Cajun superhero heist movie that Channing Tatum's been dreaming of since his childhood.
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