While numerous comic book movies come and go, the one that has always seemed to be stuck in neutral is that of the X-Men spin-off film “Gambit” at 20th Century Fox.
Actor Channing Tatum has long been attached to the project as both star and producer, and Reid Carolin penned a script which has been sitting there a while.
However, the film has been trapped in development with multiple directors becoming attached for a few months and then departing including the likes of Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman and Gore Verbinski. Add to that the Fox-Disney merger grinding everything in development at Fox to a halt and the film just can’t seem to catch a break.
This week one of those directors who came and went, Rupert Wyatt, has discussed what happened with Comics Beat whilst out doing press for his new film “Captive State”. Wyatt says things were about two months away from kicking off filming when the dismal critical and commercial failure of 2015’s “Fantastic Four” reboot killed his version:
“I was very close with Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin, and I was on the script with him and Josh Zetumer as a writer. We were close, I believe 10 weeks away. It simply came down to budget. There was not enough. You know all too well about the politics of the business.
Fantastic Four had been released by Fox a month before and had not gone well for them, so our budget was slashed quite considerably. The inevitable, from my perspective was, ‘Well then we need to rewrite the script to tailor to our budget,’ but we were too close to a start date for Fox to really want to go there, so unfortunately, it just didn’t work out.”
Wyatt says he still liked the idea of the movie they were all going to make and hopes Disney and Fox will push forward with it:
“All I know is Channing had a really, really wonderful idea for what that film could and should be. I know he and Reid are still plugging away at it, so I hope in the new Disney era, that then they get to make it.”
Tatum has also previously entertained the notion of directing himself. Marvel and Fox’s last major “X-Men” film, “Dark Phoenix,” hits cinemas June 7th whilst the horror spin-off “New Mutants” is slated for August 2nd.