X-Men Spinoff Gambit Still Happening, Gets New Production Date

Producer Simon Kinberg provides an update on the Channing Tatum-starring superhero movie.


A new production date for the X-Men spinoff Gambit has been announced. Filming on the movie has been delayed several times over the past year, but now producer Simon Kinberg has confirmed that it will begin next year.

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In an interview with That Hashtag Show at the Saturn Awards, Kinberg was asked about the status of the film, which is set to star Channing Tatum. "We have a great script on that and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning of spring of next year," he revealed, via Movieweb.

Gambit was originally scheduled for release in October this year, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Rupert Wyatt as director. He left the film in September 2015, citing citing scheduling conflicts. However, a story in Deadline at the time suggested that there had been ongoing disagreements over both the script and budget.

Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman was hired late last year, with production rescheduled for this spring. That also failed to happen, with the start date moved to end of the 2016 to allow time for further rewrites.

But with Liman now attached to two other projects--the thriller The Wall and Young Adult adaptation Chaos Walking--there is some suggestions that he too might no longer be available.

Gambit will star Tatum as the card-throwing superhero of the title, alongside Spectre's Léa Seydoux. Like Deadpool, Gambit is a character spun off from the X-Men, first appearing in a 1990 issue of The Uncanny X-Men. He appeared briefly in 2009's critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.

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