After the initial success of Deadpool and some success with X-Men: Apocalypse, Fox is having a difficult time getting its Gambit movie off the ground. The movie was initially slated to be released in October of this year. But the Rajin' Cajun has had its share of obstacles in the past: Channing Tatum's salary dispute, rewrites, and a carousel of directors. Now Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), the current director, has been lined up to direct another feature during the filming of Gambit.
The Hollywood Reporter Report
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doug Liman is possibly switching over to Lionsgate to direct their Young Adult adaptation of the post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking. This is the trilogy written by Patrick Ness that takes place in a world without women and all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts. Originally, Robert Zemeckis (The Walk) was tapped to direct. Even Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Anomalisa) is said to be the screenwriter attached to movie. Although it's not official, the notion that Liman is starting to look for something else does not bode well for the Gambit production.
Gambit Movie Doomed from the Start
As soon as it was announced, it seemed like the Gambit movie had its slew of issues. Will this solo film ever happen? Several directors have passed on it before Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) was said to have signed on: Darren Aronofsky, Bennett Miller, Gareth Evans, and J.C. Chandor. Even Channing Tatum who was the person behind getting this movie rolling wanted to leave the film because of a salary dispute. If the lead guy is thinking twice, Fox may have to reconsider even thinking about making this movie. This is the type of drama that pretty much ruined the recent Fantastic Four movie starring Miles Teller. Is Gambit a character that people want to see on the big screen?
Do We Want Gambit in A Solo Movie?
With the popularity of Wolverine, even those movies never really amassed the success of the Avengers or Captain America movies. On the other hand, we do have the instant success of Deadpool. It seems like Gambit falls somewhere in between. In the comics, a lot of Marvel readers were hooked on our favorite Cajun thief. And his mutant ability to kinetically charge an object and make it explode. Which we see when he throws his playing cards. During the 90's X-Men: The Animated Series, viewers got to see him in even more action. But outside of the comics and cartoon, not many people are familiar with him. That doesn't mean the movie cannot be a success. Lots of people did not know about Deadpool. It almost seems like Gambit will fit better in a smaller role one of the other movies. His minor role in Wolverine: Origins movie sparked some interest. Even if you didn't agree with Taylor Kitsch playing the part of Remy LeBeau. No matter what you think, it's hard to believe this movie will ever be released.