Producer Simon Kinberg says the upcoming Gambit film starring Channing Tatum is now more of a love story between Remy LeBeau and Bella Donna than it is a heist film.
The Gambit film has been in development for many years now and it was recently announced that the film would be moving back once again to spring 2020. Last week, Kinberg revealed that Gambit will be a romantic comedy after it was previously described as a heist film. The producer talked with Collider about how the current iteration of the script is taking on sub-genres like Deadpool and Logan and how it differs from previous versions:
“You are absolutely right [that this is a different version]. There are elements that are similar, but it is different in tone, almost in sub-genre—one of the things that we’ve done with these standalone movies […] is that we’ve tried to create sort of sub-genres within the superhero genre when it comes to these standalone movies; even Deadpool itself is like a raunchy R-rated comedy, not just a superhero film. So Gambit became something different over the span of developing it with Channing, with his partner Reid [Carolin], with Josh Zetumer the screenwriter. It is something that we intend to make but listen I’m Jewish, so my expectation for everything is I don’t believe anything until it’s out in movie theaters. So I share your cynicism generally, but in this particular case we’re working very hard to get the movie going.”
Kinberg also went on to say that there are still elements of a heist film in the current version but clarified how Gambit will be more of a romantic comedy:
“It still has elements of a heist movie. It has elements of a romantic comedy and elements of a heist movie because he is a thief, but it is a love story between him and Bella.”
When Rupert Wyatt was attached to direct the film, Lea Seydoux was cast as Bella, beating out Rebecca Ferguson and Abbey Lee. Now that the film is seemingly looking for another actress, who you would you like to see play Bella opposite Tatum? Comment below!
Gambit is a character within Marvel that is often associated with the X-Men. Gambit’s mutant powers range from the ability to control and manipulate kinetic energy to being very skilled at throwing cards. Audiences were able to see Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Taylor Kitsch brought was in the starring role but the audience and critical reception for this film were extremely low.
Kinberg, Tatum, and Reid Carolin are still onboard the project as producers.
Gambit is set for a March 13, 2020 release.