Producer Simon Kinberg, while discussing the upcoming X-Men films at Fox as a whole with Collider, gave a few new details regarding their upcoming Gambit spin-off. Starring Channing Tatum in the titular role, the project has had a rough go of it over the past year, with quite a few delays due to the original director’s exit. Rupert Wyatt had been on board to direct the project, which was initially slated to begin filming back in October, but left earlier in the fall with the usual “creative differences” excuse. This also caused some problems with casting, as some of Tatum’s targeted co-stars (such as Spectre actress Lea Seydoux) may no longer be able to participate due to the delays.
Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Mena) has replaced him and things are in motion on the film once again. According to Kinberg, Gambit is now targeting a spring start and its release has been bumped to an undetermined 2017 date. Kinberg also talked about the film’s tone and what cinematic genre they intend to gear it towards…
“The X-Men movies are dramatic and almost operatic, whereas Deadpool is irreverent and hysterical and sort of a dirty R-rated comedy in many ways. And Gambit will have its own different flavor and tone to it, will be more of like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way.”
He also all but confirmed Liman’s hiring…
“[We] have a director in and I don’t know if I’m allowed to say who it is yet because his deal isn’t done, but it’s somebody we’re excited about, and somebody I adore, and hopefully we can make an announcement soon about that. But we’ve been spending a lot of time together—Channing, [Reid Carolin, Tatum’s producing partner], [screenwriter Joshua Zetumer], the director, and myself—just working on the script, and we hope to start shooting next spring.”
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