As Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox surges on, rumours of the old planned expansion of the X-Men franchise being dead in the water might be a little premature.
A random new report from Deadline about Channing Tatum changing talent agencies has mentioned that not only is the very long-in-gestation Gambit solo film still (somehow) alive, but that the actor – who has been attached to star as the card-flicking mutant for years – may be entirely done with waiting for it to get off the ground.
Channing Tatum – actor, dancer, noted CAPSLOCK user … and big budget comic book movie director? Why not!
The Gambit movie has been wallowing in development hell for aeons. January 2018 brought news that Pirates Of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski had dropped out of the running to take over the reins. Before that, Edge Of Tomorrow man Doug Liman ditched the idea of helming it. And before that, Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) bailed on Fox’s X-Men project. We have as much info on the Gambit movie as we can possibly compile in one place here, but things change on this project all the time.
So really, what has Tatum got to lose by taking it on himself at this point? We shall see, but until anything is officially announced and cameras are rolling, we won’t hold our breath for Gambit. At this rate, if it happens at all, it would probably end up being a Marvel Studios production rather than a Fox one.
At the moment, Gambit is scheduled for release on March 13, 2020. We’ll believe it when we see it. The complete schedule of upcoming X-Men movies can be found here, but…it’s probably best to not get too attached to the thought of any of those.