Progress is finally being made on getting Channing Tatum’s Gambit off the ground. It was recently revealed that Fox has Gore Verbinski lined up to direct and now the film’s working title has been revealed.
Omega Underground is reporting that a production listing has revealed Gambit‘s working title to be Chess. The title is a reference to the chess move, King’s gambit.
Getting a working title is a positive sign for a film that has spent a long time in production hell. At various points in time, the film had Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt attached to direct, before Verbinski landed the job. The Chess working title was also previously used for the film in 2015 and has now been revived by Fox with Gambit becoming a higher priority for the studio.
It seems that the popular X-men solo films Logan and Deadpool have paved the way for Gambit. The film reportedly underwent rewrites following the success of its R-rated predecessors, suggesting Gambit may also be set for an R-rating.
Channing Tatum is still set to play the leading role, as well as co-producing the film alongside Reid Carolin through their production company, Free Association. X-Men movie veteran Simon Kinberg will also be returning to co-produce.
Production is expected to start on Gambit early next year. The film still has no official release date, though it is being speculated it may release on February 14th 2019, one of several release dates announced by Fox for an unspecified Marvel movie.
Source: Omega Underground
8 X-Men Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie
So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think 20th Century Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big screen as soon as possible.
There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focuses on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.
Hit Next to see the eight mutants I think Fox should bring to the big screen next!