A few days ago, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) was out doing press for his new sci-fi feature “Captive State” and spoke of the “X-Men” spin-off film “Gambit ” which he was developing with intent to direct back in 2015.
At the time he discussed how the failure of the “Fantastic Four” reboot caused Fox to slash the budget for “Gambit” three months out from filming and the Channing Tatum-led project never recovered. He also teased that Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin had an “amazing idea” for what they wanted to do with the film.
Now, in a new interview with Collider, he’s gone more into what that idea was:
“It was terrific, it was a really exciting sort of Godfather with mutants set in the world of New Orleans with different gangs… It was a period film. It dealt with the 70s up until the present day. It was about kind of mutant gangs and the notion of what it means to belong, tribalism in this bayou-like environment. The swamps of New Orleans.
So it would’ve been a lot of fun. I know Channing sort of worked on the script to make it into more of a romantic comedy, I think. Which I read and it was great, it was very different to what I was involved in. But now Disney have the reins so I don’t know what their plans are.”
He also says he, Tatum and Reid were all very adamant about getting the script and everything set in place before they began filming, that way though could avoid costly reshoots.
Wyatt also spoke with the outlet about his departure from Showtime’s “HALO” TV series based on the popular game franchise. He says:
“I got involved, I knew very little about Halo – same as I knew very little about Planet of the Apes when I got involved – and I kind of steeped myself in the mythology and began to realize how much incredible literature there was and the depth of the storytelling, and it all stacked up for me.
There was an incredible foundation for the storytelling, so it was gangbusters. I was super excited. In short, I think if I had come at it from an earlier perspective from the building of it then perhaps it would have gone differently, but as a director of a TV show it’s quite hard to sort of become a creative architect of a show. I think in a way I was never gonna be that, and that’s fine because there are really many talented people involved in that show who are doing that job.
It became clear that there was gonna be more time needed, I’m talking some months if not years, to align – as you probably know it’s massively ambitious, so the budget for that really needs to align with the scripts. We were still kind of working on that, but it ultimately wasn’t under my watch to be able to find that alignment.
So there was a choice made by Showtime which was essentially to push things, and if I had been perhaps been the showrunner then I would have stayed on that journey for two or three years, but as a director of a finite number of episodes, there’s other things I really wanna do. So I was very sad to leave, but basically it wasn’t within the framework that I originally signed up for.”
Showtime has yet to set a debut date for the long in development “HALO” with casting having not yet begun.