It’s been an extremely bumpy road for Fox’s long-delayed Gambit solo film, one filled with the loss of two directors and numerous push backs from an original release date that has come and gone. While it might seem that the film is all but dead, there might still be some sparks of life for the solo X-Men film.
Speaking with Hey U Guys, star Channing Tatum after all these delays the film is getting a fresh start and essentially starting over, partly thanks to the major success that came from Deadpool and Logan.
“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” Tatum said. “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.”
Originally announced in January 2015, Gambit was set to be released in the fall of 2016 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt on board. Schedule conflicts led to Wyatt’s departure & the arrival of Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. After the film was pushed out of it’s original release date thanks to the director change, Liman took time off to work on other films before officially departing from Gambit in August 2016, revealing later that he could not connect with the script.
Tatum has remained attached to the project through all this turmoil, seemingly optimistic that the story of Remy LeBeau will still hit the big screen. At one time Lea Seydoux was said to be attached to the film to play Remy’s childhood friend and eventual wife Bella Donna Boudreaux, but nothing more has been said about that casting since making it unclear if she is still attached to the project.
After such a long delay starting over fresh is probably the best move for the film, especially since they are still on the search for a third director to lead the production.
There is no new release date scheduled for Gambit, but Fox did recently snag six future dates for their X-Men related films through 2021.