Tatum Thinks “Gambit” Film Will Still Happen

20th Century Fox has been developing its “X-Men” spin-off “Gambit” for several years now, and at one point had an October 2016 release slotted in for the project.

That, of course, didn’t happen and now, nearly a year after previously reported movement on the project, Yahoo asked the film’s star Channing Tatum how it’s currently progressing.

Tatum says the delays have proven a blessing and will allow for a more comic accurate and darker adaptation of the cajun mutant with kinetic energy manipulating powers:

“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. We’re not quite going there [an R-rated film], because I enjoyed Gambit as a kid so I don’t want to rule out PG-13.”

Reid Carolin (“Magic Mike”) was the last reported scribe to have a go at the script for the film which previously had the likes of Doug Liman or Rupert Wyatt attached as director. Actress Lea Seydoux also appears to have dropped out of the project.