Despite talk that all the X-Men projects in development could be thrown into the wood chipper one project keeps pulling itself out of the grave.
A new Deadline report suggests that Gambit producer/actor Channing Tatum wants a crack at directing the X-Men spin-off and it might not be as dead as some may have thought. Tatum has been busy rewriting the script with producing partner and Magic Mike screenwriter Reid Carolin while a handful of previous directors have bounced from the film including Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet of The Apes), Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of The Caribbean 1-3). There had also been rumblings that Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) might have been courted at some point last year as well.
If screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg can direct Dark Phoenix with very little experience, Tatum directing Gambit doesn’t seem that crazy as we’ve seen plenty of actors make the jump to directing the most recent example would be Bradley Cooper, who made A Star Is Born.
Here is what Deadline has to say about Tatum’s ambitions.
He has been trying to get going the X-Men spinoff Gambit. He has long been slotted to play the charming card-throwing mutant, and buzz has been that he might direct the film after several other filmmakers have been in and out. But there is no start date at this point and its still being worked on. Will tell you more when we hear it.
Oddly enough, Gambit still holds the release date of March 13th, 2020 that was given to the film in the fall. Last I heard, some local Lousiana crew members were being assembled for a spring/summer shoot. Channing courting Fox to direct internally could be a big reason why we’re only hearing about this now.
Channing might be reprising the role of Agent Tequila in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman 3 when cameras roll on that comic book sequel remains to be seen as Kingsman: The Great Game shoots first.
Remy LeBeau aka Gambit grows up in the underworld of mutant criminals with two feuding factions The Thieves and The Assassins, who are normally at each other’s throats. In one incarnation of the project, Gambit is assigned by a shadowy figure (possibly Mister Sinister) to pull a job and steal an object of interest that may see him travel to Paris. The heist film would act as an origin story for Gambit and explore the more criminal side of the franchise.
There is a small chance the project could actually go into production due to the studio establishing a release date, as Gambit could be the final Fox/X-Men project before Marvel Studios ends up taking back the film rights.