Channing Tatum’s solo Gambit movie has had a torrid time getting off the ground to put it nicely. First the films original director Rupert Wyatt walked away, inevitably delaying the film. He was then replaced by Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, but scripting issues soon arose, pushing Gambit back once again. Now the film has no release date, leaving the solo X-Men film in limbo for the time being.
In a recent interview with Slash Film long time X-Men producer Simon Kinberg addressed the films delay.
“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, Deadpool feels like it exploded out of nowhere but it was a ten-year development process on that movie. I think it was honed over those ten years. I hope that Gambit doesn’t take ten years but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right. 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.”
If it does end up taking ten years, don’t expect Channing Tatum to stick around to play the Ragin’ Cajun. He’ll be 46 years old by then. Though if it does, maybe Tatum would be open to jumping from Fox’s Marvel Universe to DC’s standalone Shazam movie at New Line to team up with The Rock once again.
I’m not 100% sure this film will ever see the light of day. But heyho, we shall keep you updated with Gambit’s process.