Channing Tatum Looking To “Change Up” The Super Hero Movie With GAMBIT
Fans are still reeling from the awesomeness that is X-Men: Days of Future Past. Not only is it a very entertaining movie, chock full of action, drama and emotion, but it fixes, or begins to fix, some of the problems that have plagued the X-Men franchise since Bryan Singer’s first film hit theaters. Most of those have to do with continuity. However, in some cases, it has to do with reviving characters that were stupidly killed off. The next film in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, will likely further the adjustments. After that film, Fox has a couple things in the works, including a third solo film in the Wolverine franchise and hopefully, someday…a Deadpool flick.
More recently, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that a Gambit film was in the works and that Channing Tatum would be headlining the project. Now, some fans have not received this news well, but Tatum has a lot of love and respect for the character and wants to give him the story he deserves. Tatum is currently out promoting his next film, the sequel to the hilarious 21 Jump Street, which hits theaters soon. The actor took some time to speak with Collider about the Gambit project and what the current status is.
“Gambit is about as happening as it possibly can. Right now it’s just with the lawyers and they’re all doing their stuff that I’m not involved in, but I’m about as in as I could possibly be.”
As far as story goes, Tatum says some things have been discussed, but nothing concrete at the moment. He did say, however, that they are wanting to take a different approach to the character and to the super hero movie in general. If ever there was a character to try that with, it’s Gambit. Fans of the character know that Remy has a very rich and extensive history and he rides that fine line between hero and villain quite often.
“We talked story, we’re getting into it—we’re gonna try to change up the superhero-type movie, maybe give us something a little different. In my opinion, Gambit is an outlier in the X-Men [universe], he’s not a good guy in a way. He smokes, he drinks, he’s chasing women, he’s a thief. I’m not like an X-Men head but I just love him.”
One of the things holding up the much desired Deadpool film is the rating. It’s hard to do a PG-13 Deadpool movie. It just won’t work. But Fox is hesitant to release a film with an R rating, as those that have been, weren’t super successful. They have, for the most part, pulled in so-so box office dollars, but nothing along the lines of those with PG-13 ratings. Tatum was asked if Gambit could carry that heavier rating, and he gave an interesting reply.
“[It could] possibly [be rated R], but I don’t think they’ll ever—I don’t know, we’re still in the very, very, early, early stages. We don’t even have a writer, we just talked very, very early stuff.”
Well, it doesn’t sound like an R-rated Gambit film will be happening, but honestly, I don’t see the need for that. I feel a great story could be told without all the unnecessary fluff. As Tatum states, the film is very early in the planning stages, so we don’t have a release date on the film It’s likely that writers are currently being shopped, with a director shortly to follow. Having said that, I wouldn’t expect to see the film in theaters before 2017. Fox has a busy schedule, not just with the X-Men, but they also have a Fantastic Four reboot on their hands that will likely demand a sequel.
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