Gambit, starring Channing Tatum, is still on the way. Simon Kinberg explains the difficulty in getting the film right…
The X-Men spin-off movie Gambit, starring Channing Tatum, was originally set to be released in 2016, with an October date mooted for the project. You can probably tell by the fact that not a frame of footage has been shot that the chances of it hitting that date are non-existent. And as it stands, few would wager too much cash on us seeing the Gambit movie in 2017, either.
Doug Liman remains attached to direct the film, although he may have to slot two films in first. Furthermore, Channing Tatum is still on board in the title role. However, executive producer and one of the overlords of Marvel properties at Fox, Simon Kinberg, has given a deeper update to Slashfilm.
He told the site that “I think the truth is when you have these movies that need a very special and unique tone, it takes a little while to find that tone”, noting that Deadpool took ten years to make it to the big screen, even though it “feels like it exploded out of nowhere”.
“I hope that Gambit doesn’t take ten years, but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right”, Kingberg added. “The character has such a specific voice in the comic in the same way that Deadpool has a specific voice in the comic, that we want to make sure that we capture that voice on the page. Really it’s just about getting a screenplay that is worthy of that character, and I think we’re really close right now”.
Even if the screenplay was in place tomorrow, though, the crowded schedules are likely to take their toll. Fox’s immediate priorities in the X-Men movie universe are The Wolverine 3 and Deadpool 2. But it’ll be keen to get Gambit up and running as soon as it can. It might be a bit easier said than done, though.