Nine times out of ten, when a movie starts filming without a polished screenplay, the film is going to turn out bad. So consider us happy to learn that Simon Kinberg is making sure the Gambit script is great before production begins.
In an interview with Flickering Myth, the prolific writer/producer/Bryan Singer collaborator said Gambit’s solo film has been delayed to make sure they “get the script right.”
“We just didn’t get the script to the place where we all thought the movie deserved,” Kinberg said. “So we’re still working on the script. We’re very close, actually, to being done with the script.”
Another issue is that the star they picked, Channing Tatum, is one of the busiest men in Hollywood. He’s expected to star in Sony’s 21 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover MIB 23 and he’s making Kingsman: The Golden Circle. There’s also rumors he might be in Lucky Logan, a film director Steven Soderbergh is working on.
Kinberg sounds really positive about Gambit and is hoping to put the lessons learned from Deadpool to good use. “I think one of the things that I’ve learnt on all these movies – and maybe the lesson was best learned for me on Deadpool – is the most important thing is getting the tone and the voice right,” he said. “That the storytelling, the actual narrative, the plots are sort of interchangeable and disposable, ultimately.” The writer later added Gambit will be a heist movie.
He expects Gambit to begin filming as early as the end of this year or early next year, with Doug Liman directing (Edge of Tomorrow) and Joshua Zetumer (2014’s RoboCop) tackling the script. The film was originally scheduled for this October, but 20th Century Fox delayed it indefinitely when it was clear that goal would not be met.