We’ve been hearing so many troubling rumors about Gambit over the past few months that it’s hard to believe that the movie is still coming out. The last thing we heard about the project was that 20th Century Fox was still working on the script in order to begin filming in New Orleans next spring, but have they made any progress? Speaking with Slashfilm, producer Simon Kinberg offered an update on the current status of the script:
“I think the truth is when you have these movies that need a very special and unique tone, it takes a little while to find that tone. Deadpool feels like it exploded out of nowhere but it was a ten-year development process on that movie. I think it was honed over those ten years. I hope that Gambit doesn’t take ten years but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right. The character has such a specific voice in the comic in the same way that Deadpool has a specific voice in the comic, that we want to make sure that we capture that voice on the page. Really it’s just about getting a screenplay that is worthy of that character and I think we’re really close right now.”
Well, sounds good to me, so hopefully everything goes well so that they can finally get the project off the ground. As of right now, Channing Tatum is still signed on to play Gambit, while Doug Liman is attached to helm the movie, even though he has to direct a couple of other projects first. That should give them enough time to tweak the script, but you shouldn’t expect to see the Gambit movie in theaters until at least early 2018.