Channing Tatum’s Gambit project has been in and out of movie news headlines for months but it appears that Tatum is still fully committed to moving forward with the film.
Sources close to the project indicate that both Fox and Tatum are filly on board and will be moving ahead with Gambit. While these sources indicate that everything is fine between Fox and Tatum, is it possible that he could also be taking on a role within the DC Films Universe?
It seems that Fox doesn’t have the same non-compete rules, which would allow Tatum to explore other opportunities. For example, Michael B. Jordan is on board to appear in Black Panther and was featured in the disappointing Fantastic Four reboot from Fox.
Gambit has been no stranger to production issues. As previously reported, 20th Century Fox removed Gambit from their release schedule, according to Simon Kinberg this was done for the right reasons. Speaking with Flickering Myth, the film’s producer commented on the delay and that the main reasoning behind the delay was to make sure that they got the film’s tone & voice “right” and that the film could start production as early as the end of the year.
We’ve got to get the script right,” admitted Kinberg. “We just didn’t get the script to the place where we all thought the movie deserved. So we’re still working on the script. We’re very close, actually, to being done with the script. And the hope is that Channing [Tatum] has a couple of movies he has to shoot, but that we would shoot at the end of this year, or the beginning of next year.
It’s looking really good. I’m not going to say anything about it content-wise. I think one of the things that I’ve learnt on all these movies – and maybe the lesson was best learned for me on Deadpool – is the most important thing is getting the tone and the voice right. That the storytelling, the actual narrative, the plots are sort of interchangeable and disposable, ultimately.”
As for the tone and voice, Kinberg had the following to say in regards to that as well as what to expect from the film.
If I ask you what your favorite movies are, you’re not going to tell me about the plot. You’re going to tell me you love this character. And so what we’ve really tried to do with Gambit is make sure that we get the voice of that character right and the tone of the comics 100% on the page. It’s a very unique tone. It’s unique from Deadpool, it’s unique from the X-Men. It’s a heist movie that we’ve never done in these kinds of films before. He’s a con-man. And so that’s really where we’ve spent our time.”
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