With all the success Fox has been having with its cinematic #XMen universe, one project that's encountered a lot of trouble getting off the ground is Channing Tatum's Gambit. With the loss of two directors, constant delays, and lack of new developments for a considerable amount of time, the film (which was originally scheduled to come out in October of 2016) seems to be just a fantasy at this point.
Aside from his brief appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it looked as if we'd never seen the Ragin' Cajun in his own movie.
Now however, X-Men producer extraordinaire, #SimonKinberg, has revealed that's not the case. While doing press for Logan, Kinberg gave us an update on the troubled project:
"It's in active development. It's a movie that we hope will be ready to go by the end of this year and shoot next year. We have two or three X-Men related movies this year so it can wait for a moment."
As we've learned from different announcements and pieces of information, those three films are probably X-Men: Supernova, X-Force and Deadpool 2. But that kind of update is nothing we haven't heard before. The interesting part came with his following statement:
"The process has been that Channing [Tatum] is as determined about getting the character right as Ryan Reynolds was about 'Deadpool' and Hugh [Jackman] was about this 'Logan' movie. We know that when we get those right, the movie succeeds so we want to make sure we get 'Gambit' right because we want him to be the beginning of a whole new franchise."
Does This Mean 'Gambit' Will Be Another Big Hit?
As Kinberg pointed out, we've witnessed projects that have benefited from longer development times. #Logan, for example, is the third entry in a trilogy of movies that hadn't exactly been critical successes. While the movie was in development, Hugh Jackman stated several times his commitment to getting it right:
“I feel that I’m pushing harder than I’ve ever pushed before [...] I have just made the commitment to myself, really, and told everyone that until that script is perfect, until it is that perfect way to sign out, I’m not gonna start shooting. So that’s why I don’t wanna say ‘Yes’ for sure, because until Page 115, 120, whatever it is…”
Same story with #Deadpool, a film 10 years in the making that resulted in one of the most awesome live-action superhero adventures ever.
But There's Also A Risk With A Longer Development Time
On that note, them taking their time with #Gambit is a good thing. However, there's still a potential negative side to it. Longer development times can open the doors for trouble for any given movie (or indicate it was a trouble production from the start). The best example for that is Ben Affleck's The Batman. The actor stated multiple times that he was taking his time with it to get it just right, but the film has hit obstacle after obstacle.
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A longer development time gives filmmakers the ability to push back a project as many times as they wish, which is what's been happening with Gambit. That could create the risk of the movie not being made at all.
Fortunately Fox has a solid track record of delivering amazing final products after they've spent a long time in the oven. And seeing how they want everyone's favorite gambler to be a new face of the X-franchise, hopefully it's a sign of great things to come for the live-action movie.
Do you think the Gambit movie will happen? Can it be better than Deadpool and Logan? Let me know in the comments!