Bad news for comic fans as Fox’s live action film Gambit starring Channing Tatum has been delayed once again, with director Doug Liman overseeing a complete rewrite of the script.
In the meantime, the filmmaker has entered negotiations to direct the sniper thriller “The Wall” for Amazon Studios.
Reid Carolin, Tatum’s producing partner, who wrote Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, is handling those rewriting chores.
This isn’t the first time that the Gambit movie has been delayed and it might not even be the last time. It has been a long journey and the end is not yet in sight.
It all started back in May 2014 when the first news about a Gambit film came out, back then it was all just plans but still some sort of confirmation of the movie came from his appearance on X-men Origins: Wolverine.
After that, things have not been easy for the film, originally Gambit was set for a 7 October 2016 release though production was delayed reportedly down to scripting issues. Rupert Wyatt was once attached to the project, with Lea Seydoux (who played a Bond girl in Spectre) set to play the film’s leading lady, but both have since left.
Fox is no doubt still interested in doing the project, but it might be too busy hammering out the details on more successful projects like the Deadpool sequel and the X-Men franchise that will likely continue after X-Men: Apocalypse.
After all, Deadpool was an unprecedented massive success recently becoming the highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide, so the studio is likely looking into how they can capitalize on it more rather than rushing through a troubled and risky venture like Gambit.
And also, the studio is surely extra cautious after that Fantastic Four reboot film didn’t turn out as expected and they might have simply given Tatum and Liman another whole year to execute their balletic card throws.
Like the anti-hero Deadpool, Gambit is a character spun off from the X-Men, first appearing in a 1990 issue of The Uncanny X-Men. He appeared briefly in 2009’s critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.
For those out there unfamiliar with Gambit, the character belongs to a subspecies of humans called mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities.
He has the ability to mentally create, control, and manipulate pure kinetic energy to his desire. He is also incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a staff. Gambit is known to charge playing cards and other objects with kinetic energy, using them as explosive projectiles.
Gambit’s ability to tap kinetic energy also grants him incredible superhuman physical attributes (strength, speed, reflexes and reactions, agility, flexibility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance).
The character has been very successful among fans and he has been featured in several animated series and video games based on the X-Men. Although he did not appear in any of the first three X-Men original films.
Only time will tell if the feature film will be actually made one day.