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Gambit Has Found Its Leading Actress







After years of languishing in development hell and suffering several behind-the-scenes setbacks, Gambit finally looks like it's ready to get off the ground. Now scheduled for early 2019, Channing Tatum will succeed Taylor Kitsch as the new cinematic Ragin' Cajun. So far Tatum has been the only actor officially confirmed to star in Gambit, but there's word that Masters of Sex actress Lizzy Caplan is being looked at to co-star alongside the Magic Mike performer.


Lizzy Caplan is reportedly in talks to join Gambit as the female lead, though no details were provided about who she would be playing. Variety's report also didn't mention anything about Lea Seydoux, who was cast as love interest Bella Donna Boudreaux back in 2015. However, given all the issues Gambit has dealt with since then, it's unclear if Seydoux is still involved with the production, and subsequently, we don't know yet if Caplan would be brought in as Seydoux's replacement or if she would play a different character if a deal is reached.




Assuming Lizzy Caplan does join Gambit, this would arguably be her biggest cinematic project yet, having previously appeared in movies like Cloverfield, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Interview, The Night Before, Now You See Me 2 and Allied, among others. Caplan can next be seen cameoing as herself in The Disaster Artist, and she'll costar alongside Michael Pena and Mike Colter next year in Extinction. In the TV realm, Caplan's credits include Freaks and Geeks, True Blood, The Class and Party Down, but she's best known for portraying Virginia Johnson on Showtime's Masters of Sex.


Following the success of fellow X-Men spinoffs Deadpool and Logan, Gambit went through major re-writes earlier this year, and now Gore Verbinski has been tapped to direct the movie, filling the position once occupied by Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman. No official plot details have been revealed yet, but it was rumored back in September that the main story would revolve around Gambit, a.k.a. Remy LeBeau, being hired to steal a mysterious trunk from the Boudreaux clan, the Thieves Guild's rival organization. Other X-Men characters who were rumored to appear include Dani Moonstar, Multiple Man, Rictor and Marrow. Although Nathaniel Essex, a.k.a. Mister Sinister, was also mentioned in that report to appear in Gambit (having already been teased in X-Men: Apocalypse), another rumor broke last month claiming that Candra will serve as the main antagonist.
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GAMBIT: Fox Is Expected To Begin Production On The X-MEN Spin-Off Early Next Year

Production on Gambit continues to press forward with a new report claiming the studio will begin filming on the X-Men spin-off in early 2018, keeping it on track for its Valentine's Day 2019 release...





With Gambit now having an official release date and Fox chugging along with pre-production on its eagerly-awaited X-Men spin-off, we now have a new report that claims filming could begin early next year. More specifically, Omega Underground, who has been following the film closely, says production will start in February with a wrap date expected sometime in July. This would likely keep the film on track for its Valentine's Day 2019 release.

As previously reported, Fox, which recently changed the working title for Gambit from "Chess" to "Forevermore," is location scouting in New Orleans. For anyone familiar with the character, filming in the Big Easy would only make sense since that's where he's from.

Recently, it was confirmed that Primetime Emmy-nominee Lizzy Caplan had joined the cast of Gambit as the female lead, opposite Channing Tatum who will star as the film's titular character. Details on her role are still being kept under wraps, but it's believed she could play Bella Donna Boudreaux.We still don't have an official synopsis for Gambit, but it is rumored that Candra The Benefactress, a mutant integral to Remy LeBeau's comic book origin, could be involved in the film. Her inclusion could help bridge Gambit to the studio's other X-Men properties such as Deadpool and X-Force, as Candra is a member of a group of immortal mutants known as the Externals. Character breakdowns for the film also indicate that Mr. Sinister may play an important role in the story as well.

With filming believed to be on track for early 2018, it shouldn't be too much longer before we get some more details - either officially or via some set photos. The Gore Verbinski-directed Gambit is set for release on February 14, 2019.
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'Gambit' Will Reportedly Begin Filming In March





Things have been moving right along for the upcoming Gambit movie, but a new update indicates that the X-Men spinoff may have hit a slight delay.
Omega Underground, which has been following news of the Gambit movie very closely, recently reported that the film's production start date has been pushed back to March. Omega Underground had previously reported that the film was slated to shoot between February and July. The new report went on the state that the outlet had "confirmed from an official source" that the film will, indeed, shoot in New Orleans as had previously been reported.
Despite this very slight delay in production start, the Gambit project has been gaining steam in recent months. Late last month new surfaced that Lizzy Caplan was joining Channing Tatum on the film, and while Caplan's role in the film has been kept under wraps, previous character breakdowns hint that it could be Bella Donna Boudreaux, the rumored female lead for the film.
It's also recently been reported that Multiple Man/Jamie Madrox may also appear in the film as Part of Gambit's crew, possibly opening the door for James Franco -- who is presently attached to the Madrox role -- being part of the cast as well.
In addition to the shifted production dates for Gambit, Omega Underground is also reporting that there is an open call for New Orleans local crew to work on the film. A few crew members for the film, production designer Jess Gonchor, cinematographer Bojan Bazelli and concept artist/designer Aaron Sims, have already been announced.
While no plot details have been announced for the upcoming film a report earlier this year by Splash Report claims that the alleged story for the upcoming film will follow Gambit, whose real name is Remy Lebeau, is tasked to pull off a seemingly impossible theft using New Olrean’s Mardi Gras as a cover for the heist.
Gambit, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Channing Tatum, is slated for release on February 14, 2019.
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Channing Tatum's 'Gambit' Budget, Filming Location And Start Date Revealed




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The long-in-the-works Gambit is more tangible than ever.
New details reveal Gambit will head in front of cameras in March in New Orleans, according to the city and state's film offices, as reported by NOLA.com.
The gestating project will shoot under working title "Forevermore."
Budget details for this specific iteration of the X-Men spinoff are unavailable — the project has changed hands and experienced set backs over the course of its lifetime — but an original 2015 filing with the Louisiana state film office reportedly boasted a $155 million dollar budget.
Gambit will be directed by Gore Verbinski, the filmmaker behind the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
“I think we got super, super lucky," star and producer Channing Tatum said of Gambit's bumpy road to the big screen. "I think a lot of setbacks, we'll look at them in hindsight as giant blessings."
Tatum, who pointed to R-rated Fox productions Deadpool and Logan as teachers, said the movies "knocked down a lot of doors for us to be able to do things that we wanted to do in the first place."
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It Looks Like GAMBIT Will Have More Than Mr. Sinister To Contend With In The Upcoming Movie

A new casting breakdown for Gambit has been released and it appears as if Mr. Sinister isn't the only villain Remy LeBeau will be clashing with in the upcoming movie starring Channing Tatum. Check it out!




Another casting breakdown for Gambit has surfaced via our friends at That Hashtag Show and this one points to the hero - played by Channing Tatum - having more than just Mr. Sinister to contend with in the movie which is slated for release on February 14th, 2019 (despite the planned Disney/Fox deal).

"Butler" is described as a, "Supporting Character (30-40) Rosa's fiancé, villain with metrosexual charm. Should be physically imposing." The site has a theory about who this mysterious character actually is and it appears to be Donyell Taylor, the man Bella Donna Boudreaux shacks up with after things go wrong with Remy LeBeau. His code names in the comics include Night Thrasher and Bandit.

That's right, the former New Warrior who manipulates Bella will seemingly be making an appearance here and a love triangle being present in Gambit probably shouldn't come as a surprise given its release date! Night Thrasher showing up when a New Warriors TV series is in the works is definitely interesting, though, and it's possible "Butler" will be someone similar but with a totally different name.

What do you guys think? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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Gambit Adds Captain America: The Winter Soldier Stunt Coordinator













The upcoming Gambit movie has taken another step closer to production, hiring an experienced stunt coordinator to handle a hero as athletic as the Ragin’ Cajun. After years of lingering in development hell, Fox is finally moving forward on the spinoff, which secured a February 2019 release date recently.
Ever since Gambit’s on-screen debut fell flat in X-Men Origins: Wolverine fans have been hoping to see the staff-wielding mutant get a chance at redemption. With how well things have gone for Deadpool since his character got another chance, it definitely looks like lessons were learned from the mistakes of Wolverine. So the film finding its stunt coordinator is a good sign for the project moving forward.

Omega Underground is reporting Thomas Robinson Harper has signed on to be Gambit‘s stunt coordinator. He previously worked with director Gore Verbinski on Disney’s 2013 relaunch of The Lone Ranger. Harper has spent a lot of time working with superheroes, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His other credits include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Outside of the comic book genre, Robinson has also helped shape films like The Jungle Book and Pacific Rim Uprising. With a background like that, Gambit definitely sounds like it’s in some safe hands.



Fans are waiting anxiously to hear more about what actors will be involved in Gambit, but it is a good sign to see the movie is adding crew members with the kind of credibility Harper has. While the X-Men franchise has established itself as a money maker and a crowd pleaser by now, studio producers couldn’t be blamed for showing more trepidation when it comes to solo outings for the mutants. Deadpool was deemed a risky movie when it was made, but was a nice surprise hit. Outside of that project, films starring other mutants apart from Wolverine haven’t been green lit with as much confidence. So the fact that the Gambit movie is moving forward at all is heartening to see the studio taking what could be a risk with a character the general public might not know as well.
Shooting for the movie is supposed to begin by this March, so more details should quickly begin surfacing about Gambit. In the meantime, other X-Men films will be doing their part to continue to attempt to bolster the brand, starting with Deadpool 2 this summer, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix during the holiday season.
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Fox's GAMBIT Movie Loses Another Director As Gore Verbinski Walks Away From The Project

What on Earth is going on with this movie?! Gambit has just lost its third director after Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman decided to walk away but why has Gore Verbinski quit and will the spinoff be delayed?




Remember when Gambit was supposed to be released in October 2016? Well, the movie currently has a release date of February 14th, 2019 but whether or not it can meet that is now completely up in the air. Deadline and a number of outlets have confirmed that Gore Verbinski is the latest filmmaker to walk away from the project but this is said to be an amicable split which is a result of scheduling issues.


Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman quit the Marvel movie over creative differences but it's hard not to wonder if there may be more to this story than meets the eye. For now, Channing Tatum remains attached to star and the studio is presumably looking for a replacement (lucky number four, eh?).

Interestingly, the trade notes that "Lizzy Caplan was in talks to co-star" so it's possible that she may have also decided against starring in the long-delayed release. With Disney in the process of acquiring 20th Century Fox, it's getting hard to imagine that Gambit will ever happen and this is another step in the wrong direction. What do you guys think? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts below.
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EDITORIAL: Why The GAMBIT Movie Fell Apart, And What 21st Century Fox Can Do Next

After Gore Verbinski became the third director to leave Gambit, the chances of this movie ever happening got even thinner. Why has this movie been so hard to get off the ground, and what should Fox do now?





After yet another release date switch and director exit, most people have pretty much given up on the prospect of seeing Channing Tatum’s Gambit star in his own solo movie. Even though the actor signed on for the role four years ago and still hasn’t appeared as the character in any capacity, Fox still wants to make Gambit a reality.

While Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox will change the direction the X-Men are heading in, the actual purchase will not be official for a while, so there is still time to get this film off the ground. However, since Gore Verbinski was the third director to leave the film, this is probably the right time to pull the plug. What might be most telling are the reasons directors have quit this project. Rupert Wyatt was said to have quit because he thought the movie was heading in the wrong direction, and not because of scheduling issues, the originally report reason. Fear of studio involvement is always an issue when dealing with big-budget movies, and this has been a recurring problem at Fox in particular.

Part of the reason it’s been so difficult to bring Gambit to the big screen is the nature of the character. While Gambit has been the focus of several series of solo comics, he is most well known for his appearances as part of the X-Men team. Gambit is certainly a popular character, partly because of his role in the 1990s X-Men animated series—however, he isn’t on the same level as Wolverine and Deadpool, the only other Marvel characters Fox has recently given solo films.



It looks like Fox was leaning pretty heavily on Channing Tatum’s star power to get people excited about Gambit, as the character doesn’t have the same cinematic appeal as the most popular on-screen superheroes. Filmmakers could definitely create some cool visuals with Gambit’s kinetic card-throwing abilities, but it wouldn’t appeal to mainstream audiences in the same way as characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man. Of course, groundbreaking visuals aren’t necessary for a movie to be good, but it’s a pretty dependable way of getting people interested in a movie.

So what can Fox do with the character? It seems like a no-brainer to me to make Gambit an important piece of the inevitable MCU version of the X-Men, but the timetable makes things a bit complicated. By the time the details between Fox and Disney are sorted out and Marvel Studios gets a new X-Men film off the ground, will Tatum still be interested in the project? It took seven years for a proper version of Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds to hit theatres, but Tatum might not have the same patience. Also, Marvel Studios might want to go in a different direction with the character.

Even if a Gambit solo movie does end up happening, I think at the very least Fox needs to rethink their strategy for it. The budget for Gambit was originally supposed to be over $150 million, and the latest reports surrounding the film say the movie will have a comedic tone. First of all, that seems like a lot of money for a heist movie with a card-throwing protagonist. Also, Gambit has been a funny character in the past, but making the film an outright comedy is definitely an unexpected direction.

It’s clear that Fox still needs to iron out lots of details for this movie, and since there’s been very little progress made over the course of four years, it might be best to just bring Gambit back into the X-Men where he belongs.
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'Gambit' Reportedly Pulled From Production Schedule for Now

Fox's Gambit is on hiatus following the departure of director Gore Verbinksi, Omega Underground reports.
The X-Men spinoff was headed for a March start in New Orleans, Lousiana, but has been temporarily pulled for the time being off production schedules.

The site anticipates filming to kick off in the summer under a new director in Montreal, Quebec, which most recently hosted Fox's production of X-Men: Apocalypse.
Omega Underground had the long-gestating Gambit pegged for a March 19 start date in New Orleans with the Pirates of the Caribbean director, who parted ways with Fox earlier this month.


The split has been deemed an amicable one as result of scheduling issues.
This marks the third time Gambit has been left without a director: Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Rupert Wyatt and The Bourne Identity's Doug Liman both jumped ship, delaying star and producer Channing Tatum's Marvel passion project.

Tatum's involvement is reportedly unaffected by Verbinski's departure.
Fox recently pushed back Gambit's release date from February of next year to June 2019. This most recent delayed production start could push back release even further, despite Fox's enthusiasm surrounding the project that has long had trouble getting off the ground.
Described as a superpowered heist movie with comedic elements, Gambit is expected to see the ragin' Cajun caught up in a heist gone bad.


The story will see the kinetically-powered Gambit's attempts to unite two factions of his adopted family known as the Thieves Guild, who helped turn the card-tossing mutant into a master thief.
“I think we got super, super lucky," star and producer Channing Tatum said of Gambit's bumpy road to the big screen. "I think a lot of setbacks, we'll look at them in hindsight as giant blessings."
Tatum, who pointed to R-rated Fox productions Deadpool and Logan as teachers, said the movies "knocked down a lot of doors for us to be able to do things that we wanted to do in the first place."

According to rumored plot details that surfaced in September, Gambit will operate as a spin on Ocean's Eleven and Romeo & Juliet — with mutants.
Fox will next release the Deadpool sequel in May, followed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix in November.
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GAMBIT Finally Gets A New Filming Start But When Will We Find Out Who Is Directing The Movie?


Gambit might be the most delayed superhero movie of all-time but a new report reveals when cameras are currently expected to start rolling and that points to the director being revealed any day now...




Gambit was supposed to be released way back in 2016 but after losing multiple directors and hitting roadblock after roadblock, it finally appears as if the Marvel Comics adaptation from Fox is finally beginning to come together. According to a new report, the studio has set a new production start date for June 19th in New Orleans, Louisiana (which is, of course, Remy LeBeau's hometown in the comics).

It's also said that the X-Men spinoff will film at Big Easy Studios, the same place Logan was shot. Now that a new start date has been set, you have to believe that Fox has found a director for the project.

When we'll learn that filmmaker's identity remains to be seen but a cast still needs to be put together before June so they're going to have their work cut out for them. With the Disney/Fox deal still set to be finalised next year, it's also possible that Disney will pull the plug on the movie if it isn't finished by the time it goes through so the fate of Gambit is now very much up in the air for the time being
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'Gambit' Currently Eyeing Summer 2018 Production Schedule



Assuming no more major stumbling blocks pop up between now and then, 20th Century Fox's Gambit is expected to begin production this summer.

The X-Men spinoff, which will star Channing Tatum in the title role, has been delayed numerous times, with three different directors abandoning the project along the way.


“We have a script that’s extraordinary, that we love, that Channing loves,” executive producer Simon Kinberg told Variety at a Deadpool 2 screening tonight. “We’ve met with a bunch of directors in the last few weeks and we’re hoping to pick one in the next couple of weeks, then shoot the movie maybe this summer.”

The film was previously scheduled to go into production in March, in the hopes of hitting a February 2019. The current release date is June of 2019. On the one hand, that would be roughly in line with the previous timeline if the production does indeed start over the summer. On the other, it would mean that Gambit -- which has had a series of high-profile setbacks and has not yet begun production -- would hit theaters before New Mutants, which has completed production and is headed into reshoots. New Mutants is currently slated for August of next year.

If the film goes into production this year, it will likely be the final X-Men film produced by Fox prior to their acquisition by Disney. Whether that would ultimately make Gambit part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or not is anyone's guess.

The Gambit project previously had Rupert Wyatt, and then Doug Liman, in the director's chair. Wyatt pulled out in 2015, and the project continued more or less as planned until Liman, too, exited the next year.


Liman's departure resulted in a start from scratch mentality, something Tatum has acknowledged in the past as a good thing for the project. It then brought in Gore Verbinski to take over director duties, but Verbinski left and Fox still needs to find someone else to take the film to the finish line.

It seems to be largely Channing Tatum's status as a Hollywood A-lister and his enthusiasm for the project that have kept the movie from falling apart over the last few years.

Previous reports have claimed that studio insiders are still enthusiastic about the troubled project, which they describe as a heist movie with comedic elements.

A mutant superhero who has the ability to transfer energy into solid objects, making them potentially explosive weapons, Gambit has a backstory involving a guild of thieves in New Orleans, where is was part of the Cajun community before moving to Westchester County and Xavier's School.

A recent report indicated that the story would center on a heist gone wrong, in which Gambit tries to unite two sects of the Thieves Guild -- his adoptive family and that of his girlfriend. Some of the story would, per that story, be told in flashback to establish how young Remy came to be in the custody of master thief Luke Lebeau and how he came to know Bella Donna Boudreaux, the femme fatale.
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Gambit Update: Fox Confirms Channing Tatum’s X-Men Movie is Still Moving Forward







Despite a long and uncertain journey not unlike his fellow X-Men Deadpool, it appears that the Gambit film is still very much on the slate of X-Men films actively in development by Fox. While showcasing the first trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix at CineEurope,, franchise producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that, along with New Mutants, the X-Men spinoff about Marvel's Ragin' Cajun is set for release next year.
The Gambit solo movie project was first announced in 2014 with actor Channing Tatum attached to play the card-throwing mutant. Gambit has been a member of several incarnations of the X-Men roster in Marvel Comics and has become both one of the most well-known and well-liked. Several actors were considered for the part, including Keanu Reeves and Taylor Kitsch, but Tatum was the fan-favorite and fought to get the film made in a similar way to how Ryan Reynolds fought for Deadpool. However, numerous setbacks have stalled the film's production. Three directors have been attached to the film and all have stepped away: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean). According to Kinberg, the hope is to land a director in time for production this summer. The Gambit script is finished, and it's one that both star Tatum and producer Kinberg "love."
According to Kinometro, Fox included Gambit on their slate of upcoming films set in their Marvel/X-Men universe during a presentation at CineEurope 2018. Details of the project, such as a specific release date, are still scarce.
While Kinberg's words are promising, it should be noted that Gambit was given plenty of attention early on, and was delayed nevertheless. It is quite possible that the project might suffer the same fate again. With the Disney/Fox merger still a possibility, there is no telling what may happen to Fox's X-Men franchises if Marvel Studios takes creative rein. The inclusion of characters like the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is all but certain if the Mouse House acquires the rights. Given the Deadpool franchise's success, it would be hard to believe that the Fox-created universe would vanish completely but it does bring the future of characters like Gambit into ambiguity.





Gambit certainly has a lot of potential to make waves on the big screen. Like Deadpool, he is a fan-favorite character with poor prior treatment in film. Taylor Kitsch originally played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but neither that film nor that incarnation of the character resonated much with audiences. Many fans are hoping to see a film that more closely translates the character from the comics in the way that Deadpool did.
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Channing Tatum's Gambit Movie Is Still Set For 2019 - Will It Happen?




Channing Tatum is still attached to star in Gambit, but is Fox's movie really happening? Back in 2014, Tatum signed up to the X-Men universe as the Rajin' Cajun, with plans to introduce him soon. Four years later, he's yet to make an appearance and a standalone movie doesn't appear to be anywhere close to hitting theaters.

Gambit currently has a June 7, 2019 release staked out, making it one of three X-Men movies slated to hit theaters next year; Dark Phoenix is now delayed till February and New Mutants was pushed (again) till August. The biggest difference between these two films and Gambit is what stage of production they are in. While both Dark Phoenix and New Mutants are set to undergo major reshoots months after principal photography wrapped, Gambit has yet to film a single scene. Yet, somehow, Gambit is supposed to hit theaters in between these two films.


As of right now, the only person still attached to Gambit is Tatum. Lizzy Caplan was cast in the film last year when it actually had a director, but with that seat vacant and the schedule shifting, her status is unknown. And really, the entire project should be in question at this point. In order to properly address what future (if any) Gambit has, let's first recap the hell it has gone through so far.

GAMBIT HAS BEEN STUCK IN DEVELOPMENT HELL

Ever since Tatum was cast as Gambit, his solo film has not progressed well. Saying it has a troubled development may even be putting it mildly. Joshua Zetumer joined the project as a writer in late 2014 and it didn't take long for Fox to confirm a 2016 release date. Obviously, that didn't come to pass and the film subsequently missed expected releases in 2017 and 2018.

Most of these delays though have been the direct result of Gambit's director shuffle. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt joined the project in the summer of 2015. He started the casting process, with Léa Seydoux offered the female lead role, but just a few months after he joined, Wyatt departed, leading the way for Doug Liman to take the job next. He left in the fall of 2016, which resulted in the biggest set back for Gambit. After nearly a year, good news came the project's way when Gore Verbinski agreed to direct, but he too left the project at the start of 2018.

Throughout all of these changes, Fox has remained persistent in getting Gambit going. They set start dates for film's production and even hired crew members in some cases. In others, casting decisions were made to surround Tatum, but it always falls apart. One of the film's biggest concerns is a reported $155 million budget that just won't go down. This is the definition of a project stuck in development hell, and yet, there's still a sense that Fox plans on making it. But will they?



WILL THE DISNEY-FOX BUYOUT AFFECT GAMBIT?

One of the newer complications Gambit has run into is the looming Disney-Fox merger. Disney and Fox have agreed upon a deal that will see Disney acquire all of Fox's movie assets. While fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are ecstatic for the prospect of the X-Men and Fantastic Four standing alongside the Avengers, it would undoubtedly mean several in-development X-Men films are thrown away. Movies that have already completed or are in the middle of filming could ultimately be safe, meaning Gambit has plenty of work to do.

Tatum and his hopeful X-Men movie do still have some time to right the ship though. While the Disney-Fox deal was recently approved by the Department of Justice, there are still months left until the deal closes. The estimated time for the merger to go through is next summer. Until that happens, Disney has no say in Fox's matters, leaving them the ability to move forward with Gambit if they can.

However, if the deal were to close by the end of 2018 (which is possible), then Gambit doesn't have much longer.
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There is, however, a chance that Gambit could survive the Disney-Fox buyout. While Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige likely don't have any interest in trying to fold films like New Mutants, Dark Phoenix, or X-Force into their continuity, a project with a fresh slate like Gambit could work. Marvel Studios' handling of Spider-Man could indicate their plans with the X-Men too, where they focus on characters who haven't received the spotlight. Gambit definitely fits that mold (despite X-Men Origins: Wolverine), so if Marvel believes Gambit could be a leading character, they may retool this Fox hangover.

WILL GAMBIT ACTUALLY RELEASE IN 2019?

Despite the various hurdles Gambit still must get over, Fox still maintains that the movie will hit theaters in 2019. As recently as last month, Fox included Gambit on their official movie schedule and still had the June 7 release date attached. We are less than a year away from this release date and, as covered prior, there's hardly any positive movement for the movie. It is doubtful, to say the least, that Gambit is going to be able to make its current release date - barring some major and insanely quick developments in the next few days or weeks.

While the July 2019 release date may not be plausible, Gambit theoretically still has time to be released at some point in 2019. If Fox got the necessary pieces in place in the next few months, it's feasible for the movie to start production at the end of 2018 or early 2019. Should the actual filming process move along without any hiccups, production could be complete in the spring of 2019. Prior to Verbinski leaving, production was expected to last five months, wrapping seven months before its previous February 2019 release. Gambit's history may indicate this is all unlikely, but if it magically happened, a very late 2019 release would still be within reach.

This would all have to happen under the perfect scenario and circumstances though, and at this point is likely nothing more than wishful thinking. If Gambit in its current form is going to hit theaters, then it most likely won't be until sometime in 2020. And, given the many directors, production schedules, castings and release dates it's already been through, it's not a safe bet.
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Fox’s Gambit Movie Rumored To Have Been Cancelled


The bad news just keeps on piling in for X-Men fans today. After learning that Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants may be scrapped, we’re now hearing that Gambit has been given the axe and “definitely isn’t happening at this stage.”

This is somewhat surprising, as producer Simon Kinberg recently assured us it was going forward and production was set to begin on June 19th in Remy LeBeau’s hometown of New Orleans. Then again, given that the pic, which has been in pre-production limbo for what feels like forever now, has yet to secure a director, despite having gone through at least three heavyweight helmers – Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman and Gore Verbinski – it was never going to make that start date.

Pitched as a supercharged heist movie – think Ocean’s Eleven…with mutants – Channing Tatum was set to take point in the film as the devilish Remy LeBeau, with Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), who recently clinched the female lead, joining him. Now, however, it looks like things aren’t going forward anymore, and though we advise taking this latest report with a grain of salt since it doesn’t come directly from the studio, it really wouldn’t surprise us if Fox has decided to cut its losses and give up on Gambit.

After all, the solo movie based on the beloved bō staff wielding mutant has been in development hell since 2014. Having seen the titular role bounce back and forth between Keanu Reeves, Josh Holloway and Taylor Kitsch before Channing Tatum took up the mantle, it’s struggled to get off the ground for years and every time you think Gambit‘s about to fire up production, it gets hit with another setback.
Now, with the Disney/Fox merger about to go through, it’s easy to see why this project might just not be a priority anymore. Especially with the mutants set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe shortly, where most of them will probably be rebooted.

Chalk that up as speculation for now, as we don’t know what Kevin Feige plans to do with the characters once he gets his hands on them, but at this point, it doesn’t look like Gambit will materialize anytime soon, and maybe not ever.
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Gambit Movie May Finally Start Filming In February 2019





A new rumor suggests that the much-delayed Gambit film, set to star Channing Tatum as the X-Men's Ragin' Cajun, may finally begin filming in February 2019.
Back in 2014, Fox cast Channing Tatum as the star of a Gambit solo movie that they expected to release two years later. Unfortunately, the project has proved to be unusually ill-fated. Director Rupert Wyatt joined up in summer 2015, even beginning the casting process, but was soon replaced by Doug Liman. Liman, too, left in the fall of 2016. It took Fox nearly a year to find another director, Gore Verbinski, but he left the project in early 2018. Gambit currently doesn't have a director, and although it's officially assigned a release date of June 7, 2019, there's pretty much no way it's going to hit it.

According to The GWW, though, Fox is still determined to make the film. They're reporting that the studio is once again trying to get filming up and running, aiming to begin production in New Orleans on February 15. The site suggests that they may choose to film at Big Easy Studios, where Fox previously shot films such as Logan and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.



As The GWW note, this is a surprising rumor. Gambit currently has no director, and Tatum is now the only actor officially linked with the film. Meanwhile, looming in the background is the prospective Disney/Fox merger. That's been approved by United States regulators, and shareholders have voted in favor; while there are still a few international regulators yet to have their say, it's increasingly being viewed as a done deal. If that's the case, by mid-to-late 2019 the X-Men film license will have returned to Marvel Studios.

It's true that Disney has pledged to release all completed X-Men movies, but would that really include films that started production so late in the day? The other two Fox X-Men films are currently undergoing additional photography, and indeed X-Men: Dark Phoenix will drop in February, well before the merger is expected to be completed. If Fox do manage to start production on Gambit at last, the film will probably still be shooting when the merger is complete. That most definitely adds another layer of complexity.
If this rumor is indeed accurate, it won't be long before Fox announce a director again. That said, given Gambit's troubled history, it's best not to believe it will start shooting until the actors turn up on set.
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GAMBIT Reportedly Starting Production This Winter, Right Before The Disney Merger Is Completed

Fox is reportedly doing anything they can to get Gambit off and running. The film, with a completed screenplay and a star attached has been looking for a director over the past year to no avail...




Gambit has been a burden for Fox, a project that has been so close to starting production multiple times with no success. Famed directors such as Doug Liman, Gore Verbinski and Rupert Wyatt have all joined and dropped the project over the past few years, citing creative differences all three times. With faith in the screenplay and Channing Tatum on board, Fox and Simon Kinberg are desperate to get the film going before the Fox-men close up for good.

According to Omega Underground, who has been very credible as of late, Fox is attempting to start production once again, with new crew hires reportedly coming soon. Filming in New Orleans and Big Easy Studios, the current start date is February 15th. It is worth noting that the site emphasizes the story as a rumor, so take the news with a grain of salt.

To be fair, it is plausible to assume that the studio is doing everything they can to get Gambit going. It still stings to see Channing Tatum in the 2017 SDCC Fox photoshoot knowing his film might never hit theaters, and though no one really wants to see this movie, fans are still rooting for you.

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X-Men Producer Says Gambit Has A Romantic Comedy Vibe





Simon Kinberg says that the upcoming Gambit movie has a romantic comedy vibe. The long-time X-Men movie producer and writer will make his directorial debut with next February's Dark Phoenix, but he remains involved in all other upcoming Fox Marvel films like Channing Tatum's Gambit which is slated for a June 2019 release.
It's been quite a while since Fox announced that a Gambit movie is in the cards with Tatum playing the headlining character. Originally scheduled to release in 2016, the movie suffered from several setbacks leaving it still in the development stage, and currently without a director. Gore Verbinski was the last director attached to the project but eventually left early this year. Despite the lack of any major push for it to go into production (at least nothing announced to the public), it sounds like Fox has a clear idea of what the Tatum-starrer will be.

In light of the recent release of the first trailer of Dark Phoenix, Kinberg spoke with IGN and was asked about other announced Fox Marvel properties like Gambit. Kinberg says that the movie will have a "romantic or sex comedy vibe," which fans know Tatum can pull off thanks to his roles in movies like Magic Mike and Step Up.

"When you look at Gambit. he’s a hustler and a womanizer and we just felt like there was an attitude, a swagger to him, that lent itself to romantic comedy... Deadpool was an R-rated, raunchy comedy, Logan was a western, Gambit’s gonna be a romantic comedy, and New Mutants is very decidedly a horror film."

"You know, when I say romantic comedy, I use that term loosely, in the same term that I use the term western for Logan loosely. It’s not like they’re gunslingers at high noon in Logan. It’s just a vibe. And I would say the vibe of Gambit has a romantic or sex comedy vibe to it. While it is also still very much a superhero movie with villains and heroes, as all these movies are."



Switching genres up within a superhero franchise is a tactic used by Marvel Studios to keep their films fresh. Thor: Ragnarok is a space adventure, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a coming-of-age film reminiscent of John Hughes' '80s projects, Black Panther is a familial and political narrative while Avengers: Infinity War is a mix of a lot of things, hence making it the ultimate blockbuster. As mentioned by Kinberg, Fox has been taking a similar approach with the X-Men franchise in recent years, expanding from traditional superhero antics into the raunchy comedy of Deadpool and the sober grittiness of Logan.

The impending Fox and Disney merger is expected to be finalized by summer of next year and rumor has it that Disney plans to release all finished Fox movies even after the buyout is done. However, it's still safe to say that the ultimate decision regarding the X-Men and tie-in characters like Gambit lies on Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige's shoulders. If Marvel Studios takes charge before Gambit goes in front of the cameras (which is looking likely), the fate of the ragin' Cajun may change.
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Exclusive: X-Men Producer Explains What Films Will Influence Gambit




Simon Kinberg has revealed which movies will serve as influences for their Gambit film. Remy LeBeau, as he is otherwise known, made his comic debut in 1990. Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, he proved hugely popular with fans, especially regarding his on-again, off-again relationship with his future wife Rogue. Although the character was a recurring presence on animated shows, his only live-action appearance was in X-Men Origins:
Wolverine, where he was played by Taylor Kitsch.
Fox has sought to rectify that as far back as 2014, with Channing Tatum signing on to star in a solo adaptation. The film, however, has been plagued with numerous delays ever since. At last word, the movie was set to start filming in February 2019. More recent reports, however, have pushed the release date back to March 2020. What this means for the start of shooting remains unclear. With still no director firmly attached, production will need to pick up the pace to avoid further delays.


Although Kinberg has been hard at work directing the next installment of the franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Gambit is still very much at the forefront of his mind. Speaking exclusively to Screen Rant at NYCC, he revealed that not only does he expect the project to move forward but that they already have specific cinematic influences mapped out. Check out his full comments below:

"I think with the standalone movies, meaning Logan and Deadpool. Not mainline, X-Men movies, one of the things we've strived to do is sort of create a sub-genre within the genre of the superhero movie. Obviously Deadpool was like a R-rated comedy. Logan was very much a western. And, so we talked a lot about who Gambit is. And it's always motivated by the character is. We talked a lot about who Gambit is as a character and the things that Channing [Tatum] relates to in the character. And so obviously he's a thief, obviously you know his superpowers, those things are going to be very present and prevalent in the movie. But he's also a scoundrel, and a rascal, and a womanizer, and a lot of other things that we felt like we could explore in his relationships with women and one of the genres that is underserviced genre now is the romantic comedy. So whenever we can smuggle some other genre into one of these kinds of movies... I mean I did it with...The first movie I ever wrote was Mr. and Mrs. Smith and that was a romantic comedy smuggled into a spy thriller. In the same way that on the surface it will be a superhero movie with you know. People love superpowers and things are going to explode and there's going to be car chases and all of that. Doing all the powers and cards that you are familiar with. Underneath that will be romantic comedy undercurrents and it's not really like Rom-coms from when we were growing up. Or when I was growing up. It's more going back to like Philadelphia Story and His Girl Friday and just the kind of pattern banter of that and the fun and speed of those kinds of movies."


This isn't the first time Kinberg has made mention of Gambit potentially having a romantic comedy vibe. At this point, it would be easy to take any news regarding Gambit with a pinch of salt. The fact that specific inspirations are being discussed now, however, does show hopeful signs of traction. How Disney's looming acquisition of Fox will affect the progress remains to be seen, but it's promising nonetheless. Even more promising is the desire to follow such sub-genre, standalone works as Deadpool and Logan. Both films have served as some of Fox's more successful superhero outings in recent years, but critically and commercially.

The kind of repartee prevalent in the aforementioned films would certainly lend itself to the character of Gambit. Tatum, after all, could probably tackle such a role in his sleep. Still, for most comic book fans, it's difficult to imagine the character engaging in such things with anybody but Rogue. Although Anna Paquin is open to returning, it is probably extremely unlikely, even after all the retcons of the timeline. Though it's possible to have another character serve as a stand-in, much like Iceman did in the core X-Men films, the character might be better served as more of a heist movie, with romantic and comedy elements peppered in rather than as the central conceit. As a member of a Thieves' guild prior to joining the X-Men, that time in his life might be more ripe for exploration. Whatever happens, though, fans will surely just keeping their fingers crossed that a decent version of the character makes it to the screen sooner or later.
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