We’ve heard plenty about the upcoming Gambit movie, but it’s yet to start production. Having been scheduled for October this year, it now has no release date. It sounds like the Channing Tatum-led project is still happening, according to Simon Kinberg who recently explained the film’s many delays.
In an interview with Slashfilm, Kinberg compared Gambit to another X-Men solo film, Deadpool. After talking about the preparation their surprise hit took, the producer goes on to explain why they’re holding off on Gambit’s film. We’ve been previously told the film was close, but it sounds like they’re still not finsihed writing it:
“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.”
Hearing there’s no script ready for the film is worrying. That does back up stories about the film’s budget getting out of control. Apparently it was going to cost Fox $140 million. It makes sense to restucture and make a smaller movie, but it doesn’t sound like we’ll be seeing Gambit any time soon. We’ve written a list of X-Men properties we’d rather see than the proposed Gambit film, you can read that here.
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