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Channing Tatum Gives Update on ‘GAMBIT’

July 21, 2017

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In 2016, 20th Century FOX reported that rewrites were happening for their X-Men spinoff, GAMBIT and that was the reason for the delays with production. Now, a year later no reports have been given, but Yahoo spoke to Channing Tatum at Comic-Con and gave a status update.

“We got really lucky. We had a first draft it was good, but we were coming to at a time at that creative phase of [the X-Men], where these movies went through a bit of a paradigm shift, where the X-Men movies and the superhero movies with LOGAN and DEADPOOL really broke down a lot of doors for us. We were trying to do some things that we actually weren’t allowed to do, and they just smashed down the doors, so we’re giving it a bit of a rethink.”

Does that mean that the film will get an R-rating?

“We’re not going there, because I enjoyed Gambit as a kid so I don’t want to rule out PG-13.”

Magic Mike writer Reid Carolin has written the latest draft off the script. Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt who were attached to direct, the two dropped out. It was then rumored that Frank Darabont had come on board, but nothing was confirmed.

Know this, just because the film has been delayed due to creative struggles does not mean it will not get made. Deadpool had the same problem at FOX for years and it finally got made.

Tatum is set to play the titular mutant, a role he’s been attached for some time. He’s joined by Léa Seydoux as the female lead of the film, Bella Donna Boudreaux, the daughter of the leader of the New Orleans Assassins’ Guild and Remy LeBeau’s first love, though it seems she’s not on the project anymore. No release date has been announced either.

Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990, Gambit, a New Orleans native mutant, quickly became a fan favorite due to his kinetic energy manipulation abilities and penchant for stealing. The character’s only big screen appearances so far (besides the Easter egg in X2) was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine played by Taylor Kitsch.

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