Some of the mutants need to crawl through production hell to get made. Deadpool was that movie for several years as star Ryan Reynolds tried to get the production off of the ground. Now a second mutant is stuck in development hell and that is Gambit starring Channing Tatum. The movie was just delayed again from June 2019 to March 2020 but before that delay was announced IGN spoke to Simon Kinberg who provided an update on the movie.
“When you look at Gambit,” Kinberg said, “he’s a hustler and a womanizer and we just felt like there was an attitude, a swagger to him, that lent itself to romantic comedy.”
Kinberg went on to say that they don’t decide themes or ratings ahead of time and instead let the movie come together organically. That remains true for Gambit but Kinberg says not to take the term “romantic comedy” too literally.
“Deadpool was an R-rated, raunchy comedy, Logan was a western, Gambit’s gonna be a romantic comedy, and New Mutants is very decidedly a horror film. … You know, when I say romantic comedy, I use that term loosely, in the same term that I use the term western for Logan loosely,” Kinberg said, “It’s not like they’re gunslingers at high noon in Logan. It’s just a vibe. And I would say the vibe of Gambit has a romantic or sex comedy vibe to it. While it is also still very much a superhero movie with villains and heroes, as all these movies are.”
Finally, Kinberg provided a window for when they want to start filming but, again, this was pre-delay so it’s likely going to change. He also provided updates on the Multiple Man and X-Force scripts.
“Gambit has a great script and we’re looking to start that movie early next year. Multiple Man, that script’s being worked on right now,” Kinberg said. As for X-Force, “we’re just waiting for Drew Goddard to be done with releasing his film that comes out in a few weeks, and then he’ll get started on that script to direct.”
So it sounds like Fox is still planning on doing at least some of the spin-off movies despite the fact that they were recently purchased by Disney. That isn’t that surprising since ironing out the details for the Disney deal could take years so the studio might as well keep going until the last moment. Whether or not these movies make it to the theater? We’ll see; production hell can be a tough thing to get through.