From Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to JV Chandor to Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), they cut off ties with the studio amidst endless delays and last-minute changes. Over a period of time, the Gambit movie fell by the wayside due to failure on the part of the studio to find a reliable director who won’t leave midway and demonstrate his commitment to the project. In fact, over a period of time, Channing Tatum who is the lead lost interest in the project and he kept signing up new movies with each passing month.
Tatum has been pushing himself to prepare for the role, chatting with his fans to give him feedback and X-Men crowd was also cheering for him to bring this bad-ass mutant alive onscreen. Gambit has the unique ability to tap into the object’s potential energy and transform into kinetic energy by his sheer touch.
But the project hit a massive roadblock, as Doug Liman who was at the helm has decided to call it quits. He called it as “mutual parting of ways.” Apparently, he is joining the DC’s bandwagon and would be directing a movie based on DC’s Justice League Dark series. He is also signed to direct the sequel to the Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt 2014 starrer Edge of Tomorrow. This is just the latest in an exodus of Directors who were once attached to the Gambit project decided to move on and chart a different course.
But, according to THR, “Fox is still planning on moving forward with the film and is currently looking for a replacement director.”
Simon Kinberg, an executive producer recently said in an interview – “Gambit will have its own different flavor and tone to it, further it will be more of like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way.”
The news is coming that Fox is looking to close Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski to direct the spin-off and possibly start production in early 2018. They are in the advanced round of talks but the first and foremost condition of Verbinski is a massive budget. In Hollywood, he is known to be a man of expensive tastes and he likes grandeur in his movies. Guess what, Gore Verbinski is on board and will be directing Gambit movie, produced by Tatum, Reid Carolin, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner to be set up within Fox’s X-Men universe. The release date is Feb 14, 2019 which is also Valentines Day.
All of a sudden Channing Tatum is charged about the possible Gambit movie. He was recently seen in SDCC 2017 for Kingsman: The Golden Circle and he was asked about the status of Gambit project, according to him it is very much alive and in the making. He had an interview with ComicBook.com about the possibility of him playing a card-throwing Cajun mutant in the future. His answer was brief but clear. He said “Yeah, of course. We’re working on it right now.”
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Channing Tatum spoke about the creative possibilities for Gambit as Deadpool and Logan movies have opened up new opportunities that did’nt exist before. He said:
“I think we got super, super lucky. I think a lot of setbacks, we’ll look at them in hindsight as giant blessings. Because we were making it, [and] we’re writing a movie right at the turn of a paradigm shift in movies. So we got lucky that we didn’t just come out with ours, which I don’t think was fully formed. It was a good idea. We were going in the right direction. And then we got to learn from two really beautifully different kinds of a complete paradigm shifts…like Logan and Deadpool, I mean, they knocked down a lot of doors for us to be able to do things that we wanted to do in the first place.”
Recently, Channing Tatum spoke with popular channel HeyUGuys to talk about the proposed Gambit movie and the roadblocks coming in its making. He basically said that they are having a tough time getting the tone right but the project is definitely a go. This is what he had to say:
“I look for a personal connection to the movies I make and it may not be immediately obvious…In every story, I have a personal connection…With Gambit, I just never found that personal way in. We lit a fuse on the first one and just blew it completely out of the water. I think we got lucky, we got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason. We were trying to do something completely different. We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn’t seen before. We kept running into the same problems, and then Deadpool and Logan came through and kicked the doors down. Now we’re really getting to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do with the script, we’ve just sort of started over.”
Well, new details about the movie have emerged and the big villain will be none other than Mr. Sinister. It is essentially going to be Ocean’s Eleven of the X-Men universe. Here’s what Splash Report explains the plot:
“Remy Lebeau (Channing Tatum) is on trial in New-Orleans. He’s considered a huge security risk. We flashback to almost 25 years before. Master thief Luke Lebeau runs into eight-year-old Gambit while doing a heist. Impressed by his skills, he offers to take the mutant orphan under his wings. Raised alongside other strays he calls ‘cousins’, the teenage Gambit becomes the superstar of the Thief Guild. He encounters Bella Donna Boudreaux while on the run from the police. Sparks immediately fly since Bella is also a fellow mutant. Their love is directly prohibited by both families since the Boudreaux are sworn enemies of the Lebeau clan. Deciding to unite the two sides, Remy offers to have the two clans team up on a HUGE heist to profit both families. Of course, the whole plan goes awry, and in the chaos, Maryanne Boudreaux shoots and kill Luke Lebeau. We jump to 10 years later; Gambit is hired to do a job in Paris to steal something from the Louvre Museum. It was apparently a test job to see if he still has it. His mysterious employer is revealed to be Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister. He offers Gambit 40 million to recover a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan. It will be auctioned off during the yearly Thieves Ball where all the criminal organizations in the world meet up. It uses New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations as a cover. Gambit decides to enlist a crew of mutants to pull off this seemingly impossible heist…”
But the larger question is – Should Fox studio even continue with this project? Is it worth it? For a section of fans, this was a chance to make good the past mistakes done, as the character was horribly launched in X-Men: Origins played by Taylor Kitsch. But Fox is now more open to taking the risk as Deadpool and Logan proved to be massive blockbuster hits and they were stand-alone movies based on popular superheroes. If Gambit can learn lessons from these two movies and add something original of their own, it can really do well at the box-office. Further, another X-Men movie based on “New Mutants” is coming which is described as a horror movie. Another movie based on Doctor Doom is currently in the works by Legion creator Noah Howley.
Well, it seems Gambit could be another blockbuster. Hoping for the best.