Fox's X-Men franchise has had its up and downs, but is in a great place right now. Following the smash hits DEADPOOL and LOGAN, the studio is hard at work on several projects, including next year's DARK PHOENIX, DEADPOOL 2 and NEW MUTANTS.
But there's one film that the studio hasn't been able to get off the ground: Channing Tatum's GAMBIT. The spinoff has been in production hell ever since its announcement. It lost two directors, suffered several push-backs, and fans have basically given up on the possibility of seeing it someday.
Just when the solo adventure seemed to have been scrapped, though, Channing Tatum reignited fans' hopes when he said that the film was in active development. Apparently the film's creative team is ditching the original story that was in place, and they're starting over.
Hey U Guys caught up with Tatum at the red carpet for LOGAN LUCKY, and asked him what was going on with GAMBIT. The actor revealed that he's thankful for the several setbacks that it went through, because in the interim, DEADPOOL and LOGAN redefined what superhero movies can do — and this will allow the GAMBIT film to go down a bolder path:
“I think we got lucky – we got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason. We were trying to do something completely different. We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn’t seen before. We kept running into the same problems, and then 'Deadpool' and 'Logan' came through and kicked the doors down. Now we’re really getting to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do with the script – we've just sort of started over.”
Essentially, the GAMBIT movie would've probably been a safe, by-the-numbers superhero film, due to fears of fans not accepting the story's different nature. This offers a new perspective on all of the delays that the project faced. Simon Kinberg stated several times that the film's hiatus came as a result of them working to get the project right.
Now, however, it's easier to see that the long development process came from worry of the movie being too different for audiences. Fortunately, things are changing, and this shift tells us something very important...
Gambit Seems To Finally Be Going In The Right Direction
With six to seven comic book films coming out every year, new Superhero adaptations need to bring something unique to the genre in order to stand out. GAMBIT is inherently a difficult character to base a movie around; he's a charming, super-powered thief, who was raised by a clan of thieves. There's not much to mine from his backstory through a traditional "save the world" blockbuster approach.
Now that the movie is aiming for a more unconventional approach, however, there's hope for Gambit's story to be something truly special.
There's very little we know about where the writers are taking the story, but if those aspects are approached with the right level of comedy and drama as they are in the comics, the film has the potential to be a great blend between DEADPOOL's comedic nature and Wolverine's dark undertones. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be able to get enough of a movie like that.
Now, does this mean the GAMBIT film will defy expectations and become the next comic book classic? Not necessarily. We've seen comic book adaptations taking an unconventional route with their source material in the past with less than ideal results (cough, 2015's Fantastic Four, cough). So we have to prepare for that possibility.
With that said, embracing the unique route offered by the source material is a step in the right direction, so I'm beyond excited to see what comes out of that. Hopefully, Tatum's passion for the character will translate into an awesome standalone adventure.