Gambit has been in development for almost three years now, and finally might have an actual production start date. While speaking with That Hashtag Show during the Saturn Awards, franchise producer and writer Simon Kinberg revealed he’d hope to see the film begin shooting early or spring of next year.
It was originally scheduled to begin shooting in the fall, but then was switched to early 2016, and now 2017. The delays were due to a new director search after Rupert Wyatt’s exit, a round of script rewrites and more than likely scheduling conflicts for Channing Tatum and director Doug Liman, who are busy bees themselves. There was is the issue of Liman looking to recast the film from scratch after Rupert’s departure, so that process would have to begin again as well.
Simon also revealing he’ll be tackling the script soon for the next main X-Men installment, our first real bit of information concerning it’s development. Other than Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey will be going full Dark Phoenix, but for real this time.
Anyone holding out hope that Gambit will be making a 2017 release date can hold their breath, as that won’t be happening with timeline for post-productions tends to be a full year. Fox has mapped-out a couple of 2018 release dates, so it’s possible any of them could be saved for Gambit.
SOURCE: THAT HASHTAG SHOW