Simon Kinberg as a lot on his plate right now, more than normal for the X-Men producer who by this time next year will have had his directorial debut released with Dark Phoenix. That doesn’t mean he’s not focused on additional properties upcoming within the X-Men franchise, however.
Namely, the status of the much maligned Gambit solo film project, which keeps having starts and stalls. First, it was finding the right director, which seemed to change frequently, almost as frequently as the greenlit or not factor. Eventually, Channing Tatum came on board to play the smooth-talkin Cajun mutant, and he’s been pretty much the one cement thing within the film.
In a recent interview with Collider, Kinberg talked a bit about how the film has changed yet again, from a pure heist film (which it supposedly will still have elements of), to a love story between Remy and Belladonna.
“It still has elements of a heist movie. It has elements of a romantic comedy and elements of a heist movie because he is a thief, but it is a love story between him and Bella.
You are absolutely right [that this is a different version]. There are elements that are similar, but it is different in tone, almost in sub-genre—one of the things that we’ve done with these standalone movies […] is that we’ve tried to create sort of sub-genres within the superhero genre when it comes to these standalone movies; even Deadpool itself is like a raunchy R-rated comedy, not just a superhero film. So Gambit became something different over the span of developing it with Channing, with his partner Reid [Carolin], with Josh Zetumer the screenwriter. It is something that we intend to make but listen I’m Jewish, so my expectation for everything is I don’t believe anything until it’s out in movie theaters. So I share your cynicism generally, but in this particular case we’re working very hard to get the movie going.”
Gambit is currently sitting on a release date of March 13th 2020, and we’ll let you know when we hear any additional information about the project.