‘Gambit’ Delayed To Get Film’s Tone & Voice Right; Production Could Start End Of The Year

Marvel-Comics-Gambit-Cover-ArtWhile fans might have been disappointed earlier this year when 20th Century Fox removed Gambit from their release schedule, according to Simon Kinberg is 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 favourite 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.”

Everything above sounds good to me. Here’s hoping that these rewrites do lead to a stronger film as I’m very excited to see what Doug Liman & Tatum bring to the table with the character. Are you excited for Gambit? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Flickering Myth

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  • Chris Aytes

    He’s not a con man. He’s a master theif. He’s also not a very compelling lead character. He excels as a part of an ensemble, like most X-Men. This film is destined to sit alongside X3 and Origins in quality, should it ever actually be made.

    • Ryan Nolan

      Ant-Man wasn’t a very compelling lead character and many people thought that Steve Rogers wouldn’t be either. Its going to depend on the script and how they put the movie together.

      • Chris Aytes

        You kidding? Captain America has carried his own title for decades. Of course he’s a lead character. No Gambit series has ever made it to 20 issues. I love the character, but Fox won’t pull it off.

        As for Ant-Man, they knocked that movie out of the park. Marvel Studios proper could pull of a Gambit movie, sure, they’ve proven they can do whatever they want. The only truly great X-Film has been Deadpool, which is the one that Kinberg had the least to do with. He wasn’t in the writers room and he was too busy putting out Fant4stic fires and working on Apocalypse to have time to prevent Deadpool from being great.

  • w0undedmagic

    “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.”

    Seriously, everything this man says is pure bullshht. He takes credit for other people’s success and let Trank go down ALONE with the ship (Fant4stic). Kinberg was a major player in hacking that movie to pieces. Somehow, he manages to skate by unscathed, while everyone sharpens there blades for Zack Snyder. Unbelievable.

    • WarrenWII

      “the plots are sort of interchangeable and disposable”

      like Rogue’s plot in Days of future past, right, Simon?

    • Ryan Nolan

      Not sure if this is news to you but Kinberg HASN’T DIRECTED ANYTHING! Sorry for the caps, but maybe thats why he doesn’t get the brunt of the hate when something he didn’t direct doesn’t turn out right.

      • w0undedmagic

        Um, definitely not news to me. Apparently, it IS news to you that producers AND/OR writers have gotten much more spotlight in modern times. Kevin Feige is an obvious example. Harvey Weinstein, Kathleen Kennedy, Kurtzman and Orci, Damon Lindelof, etc. How many times have you seen a trailer with “From the PRODUCERS of…”, etc??

        Simon Kinberg does a TON of press and almost always comes off like a clueless exec/faux-comic fan.

        There really needs to be a documentary on Fant4stic. Piecing together the the film’s rumors and press, as well as taking a deep dive on Reddit would reveal a legitimately compelling story about two A-holes named Josh and Simon, who- (kind of literally) burned a franchise to the ground.

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  • 39steps

    So….they’re going to turn it into Ant-Man?

  • Tavo Borrego

    Movies that are style over substance are not necessarily bad. Sin City comes to mind, as well as the majority of the Marvel movies. But, a very solid story, along with the style goes a long way!!!

  • hobbes

    Given the history of the X-franchise, I have little faith in the success of this project (especially in Tatum’s ability to do a Cajun accent), but it does seem like they’re trying to get it right instead of just rushing it based on an arbitrary release date.

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