X-Men Spinoff Gambit Will Still Happen, But Is “Starting Over,” Says Channing Tatum

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There’s currently three X-Men movies now in production–Deadpool 2New Mutants, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix–with the show The Gifted getting ready to hit TV screens.  There is, however, one X-Men spinoff that hasn’t had as much luck getting off the ground.  That film is Gambit.  The ever-delayed movie is set to star Channing Tatum in the title role and has been delayed over and over again for the past few years.  Tatum has now spoken about the project and some of the problems encountered with getting it made.

In a recent interview with HeyUGuys, Tatum explained that while the unusual nature of the project meant that it has met various obstacles, the success of R-rated X-Men movies Deadpool and Logan has ultimately helped speed its progress.

I think we got lucky,” he said. “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.

Gambit was originally slated for release in October 2016, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ Rupert Wyatt as director.  He left the film in September 2015, citing “scheduling conflicts”.  A story in Deadline at the time however suggested that there had been ongoing disagreements over both the script and budget.

Bourne Identity director Doug Liman subsequently joined the movie, with production rescheduled for spring 2016.  That also failed to commence, with the start date moved to end of the 2016 to allow time for further rewrites, and then once more to spring 2017, neither of which happened.  Liman quit in August last year, and the film is currently without a director or release date.  Fortunately this past June producer Hutch Parker stated that there was “still a desire and a passionate interest” to see the movie made.

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