It has seemed like forever ago that Channing Tatum playing Gambit was announced, and his respective solo movie has been in almost constant development since then, going through countless writers and two directors.
The project seems like the definition of development hell, but Tatum did make it clear at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that he is still actively working on it, and that the delays have been a blessing so the right story can be found.
Talking with The Straits Times, Tatum confessed how much of a fan he has been of the Ragin’ Cajun:
“There wasn’t a comic store, but the cartoon was on TV and he was this cool Cajun guy…and he was the easiest person to play as a kid because you could just unscrew the broom handle, get a pack of cards and wrap a bandana around your head. We had a lot of fun throwing cards and trying to take our friends’ eyes out across the living room.”
The fact that Gambit comes from the same background as Tatum also helps, with the cultural roots being a key part of who the character is.
“He is just cool, man…he is one of the few superheroes that has an actual culture to him. He doesn’t talk like a vanilla American. He is from a specific geo-location, New Orleans, which is a really specific thing.”
Gambit has no official release date, confirmed director or writer, and Tatum is the only star still confirmed for the movie, but it is certainly clear that none of that trouble is stopping him.
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!