Fox's X-Men movie universe has traveled down a bumpy road ever since the first film hit theaters in 2000. It's hit exceptional highs and mediocre lows, with this year being a perfect example of it: Deadpool found enormous success in February but X-Men: Apocalypse's run at the box-office and reception was only so-so. Despite this, the franchise has proven to be a solid income source for the studio.
The financial security the franchise gives the studio has allowed more unknown properties such as X-Force, New Mutants, and Gambit to get a chance at solo films. The latter, Gambit, has been the most developed and prioritized project, even having had a release date for October of this year and a lead in the form of star Channing Tatum.
Unfortunately, the film met several problems during its development and was removed from Fox's schedule. With no filming date on the horizon and Channing Tatum starting to tackle other projects such as Kingsman 2, fans wondered if the film would ever see the dark of the inside of a theater. Well, for now, it seems it will.
While answering questions for The Hashtag Show during the 2016 Saturn Awards, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg was asked about the future of the franchise. He said this:
"Uh, we’re figuring that out now. The first thing up, we’re shooting the Wolverine movie right now and we start shooting Deadpool 2 at the beginning of next year, then I sit down and start writing the next one of the mainline X-Men movies real soon.”
Kinberg was then asked to give an update on Gambit. He had this to say:
“We have a great script on that and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning or spring of next year.”
Unfortunately, the producer didn't give hints on when we could expect the film to arrive. The uncertainty on when filming will start, while common, gives us an idea that they are still in early planning stages.
Luckily for fans of the card throwing Cajun, Kinberg has stated several times that the movie is still very much alive and a priority for the studio, despite the setbacks. The fact that he is talking about filming dates raises our hopes for the smooth-talking superhero's adventure.
Do you think Gambit should still happen? Or should they move on?