Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie has been drifting along at sea for quite some time now. It’s already lost two directors over the last few years in the form of Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) and Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow), but producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner have often confirmed that they still want to press ahead with it.
In amongst the usual rumors of ‘creative differences’ and the like, Kinberg himself has mused that with a project like Gambit, there’s no point doing half a job. The team seemingly want to do it right, or not at all.
“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,” he told Slashfilm last summer, adding that Deadpool took 10 years to make, even though it “feels like it exploded out of nowhere.”
He went on to say that he hoped that Gambit doesn’t take that long to come to fruition, but that “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.”
Since then, we’ve heard very little else about the project – although Tatum is apparently still attached as the man himself. But now there are some new rumors, courtesy of Splash Report, who claim to have some script details, even though a writer hasn’t been announced.
“Gambit is hired to do a job in Paris in which he has to steal something from the Louvre Museum. His mysterious employer is revealed to be Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister. He offers Gambit 40 million to recover a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan. It will be auctioned off during the yearly Thieves Ball where all the criminal organizations in the world meet up. It uses New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations as a cover. Gambit decides to enlist a crew of mutants to pull off this seemingly impossible heist…”
They also claim that Daniel Craig is interested in the role of Mr. Sinister. Considering that Craig has enough on his plate getting ready for James Bond 25‘s release in November 2019, that seems unlikely at the moment.
Gambit Release Date
With three forthcoming X-Men movies out in 2018 alone, it’s now looking unlikely that we’ll see the character in his own flick until late-2019 or 2020 at the earliest.
More as we have it.