Rupert Wyatt Set to Direct Channing Tatum's Gambit Movie

Monday, 15 June 2015 - 12:38PM
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Monday, 15 June 2015 - 12:38PM
Rupert Wyatt Set to Direct Channing Tatum's Gambit Movie
Rupert Wyatt, the man who directed 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' has been selected by 20th Century Fox to direct their upcoming X-Men movie, Gambit. 20th Century Fox will be hoping that Wyatt can repeat the success he experienced with his surprisingly touching debut entry into the new Planet of the Apes franchise. In this new age of big name comic book movie franchises, a solo Gambit movie has been met with a muted response from many fans, but with Wyatt on board, the project's chances of success have surely been increased.

Channing Tatum is attached to play the titular Gambit aka Remy LeBeau, a decision which has largely divided fans of the character who first appeared on the big-screen in Gavin Hood's 2009 movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Taylor Kitsch played the card-slinging mutant back then, but Tatum's task will be far larger as he and Wyatt set about telling the story of LeBeau's journey from mutant thief to X-Men hero.

Released on 7th October 2016, Rupert Wyatt's Gambit will be the third of three comic book movies scheduled for release in 2016. With the Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie released in February and Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters in May, 2016 is looking to be a very big year for the studio as they seek to ensure that their Marvel properties remain relevant despite continued attempts by the comic book publisher to lower the stock of characters they don't own. After Marvel reportedly put a ban on the creation of new X-Men characters and cancelled their Fantastic Four comics, the comic book giant have been accused of sabotaging the commercial viability of Fox's Marvel character portfolio. Regardless of whether these claims are true, the success of movies like Gambit are going to be increasingly important to the viability of Fox's Marvel universe.

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