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The story of 20th Century Fox’s attempts to get a Gambit movie off the ground has been a long and winding slog of setbacks and delays.
The movie was officially announced in January 2015 after being rumoured since October 2014, with the movie was slated for a release in 2016.
Originally, the movie had Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg on board as producers, with Planet of the Apes Rupert Wyatt in the director’s chair.
Since then, Wyatt has been replaced by Doug Liman, who has since left the project himself, revealing that he “couldn’t ‘connect’ with the script.”
Despite this, however, Channing Tatum, who is still onboard to star as Gambit, has remained optimistic, and the success of recent X-Men movies Logan and Deadpool has “opened doors for Gambit.”
On the red carpet for Logan Lucky, Tatum spoke to Hey U Guys saying;
“We lit a fuse on the first one and just blew it completely out of the water.
I think we got lucky – we got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason.
We were trying to do something completely different.
We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn’t seen before.
We kept running into the same problems, and then Deadpool and Logan came through and kicked the doors down.
Now we’re really getting to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do with the script – we’ve just sort of started over.”
So, with a new script in the works, Gambit might actually be getting somewhere, someday.
Though, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Created by Chris Claremont, Mike Collins, and Jim Lee, Gambit made his 1st appearance in Uncanny X-Men Annual 1990 in a cameo, before making his 1st full appearance in Uncanny X-Men #266 later that year.
Gambit, real name Remy LeBeau, was an orphan who was taken in by the New Orleans Thieves Guild, where he became a master thief and expert bo-staff wielder.
Gambit’s mutant powers mean he can convert the potential and kinetic energy of any item, and, depending on the size of said item, can create explosive blasts of varying magnitudes, though he does tend to favour his playing cards – hence the “Gambit” nickname.
He later became a member of the X-Men and had an on-again, off again relationship with fellow mutant Rogue.