Gambit has officially locked a release date. 20th Century Fox has announced the X-Men spin-off starring Channing Tatum has been slated to hit theaters February 14, 2019.
Plot details remain under wraps but visionary director Gore Verbinski is set to helm the film about the fan favorite mutant from a script written by Josh Zetumer. The film is being produced by Tatum as well as Reid Carolin under their Free Association banner. Long-time producers of the X-Men franchise Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner will also produce.
The project has long been in development with directors Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt attached at previous points but is now a top priority for the studio after the box office success of both Deadpool and Logan. The film has reportedly undergone rewrites following the success of its R-rated predecessors, suggesting Gambit may also be set for an R-rating.
Earlier today, a production listing revealed that the film’s working title is Chess, a reference to the chess move, knight’s gambit.
Gambit is one of three X-Men films currently slated for release with X-Men: The New Mutants scheduled to hit theaters on April 13, 2018, followed by Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Gambit and the future of the X-Men franchise as we learn it.
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!