Channing Tatum provides a disappointing update on his Gambit movie, which has been in developmental hell since he was announced in the role.
Channing Tatum provided another somber update for his Gambit movie.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum revealed that he’s accepted the fact that his Gambit film, which has been in limbo for a number of years, will probably never come to fruition. “It got swallowed up into Disney by way of Marvel when they bought Fox, and ultimately I just think that the tone of the movie we wanted to make was very far from what they wanted to do — or, you know, maybe they’re waiting to see how they do it with us or without us,” Tatum said. “We call every once in a while, but we’ve got to spiritually, emotionally, kind of mentally let it go.”
After fans were disappointed by Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit performance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was reported that Tatum would take on the role in 2014. However, the standalone film was delayed multiple times. Fox ended up scheduling the movie for a March 13, 2020, release date, but production had to be put on hold due to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox. After the history-making merger was finalized in 2019, Tatum’s Gambit was one of the first projects to be scrapped.
The End of Gambit’s Solo Film
Since then, the actor has been vocal about his disappointment that the film was never made. In February 2022, Tatum revealed Gambit was stuck in developmental hell for so long because he and longtime producing partner Reid Carolin wanted to make a drastically different movie than 21st Century Fox. “The studio really didn’t want us to direct it,” Tatum said. “They wanted anybody but us, essentially, because we had never directed anything.” That was before the duo made their directorial debut with the 2022 movie Dog.
Tatum has been open about his unique vision for the Gambit movie, specifically talking about the kind of costume he would have worn as the card-throwing martial artist. The actor dismissed those who are critical of Gambit’s “flamboyant” outfits in the comics, arguing that the character just really loves fashion. Therefore, he firmly believed Gambit’s hot pink chest plate and trench coat would look great on film. “[Gambit] could pull anything off. Most superheroes, their outfits are utilitarian,” Tatum said. “Batman’s got his belt. Gambit’s like, ‘No, this shit’s just fly, bro! This shit walked down the Paris runway last year.'”
Tatum’s next movie, Magic Mike’s Last Dance, premieres in theaters on Feb. 10.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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