Channing Tatum was cast as Gambit nearly two years ago, but it seems like we’re still not any closer to seeing his version of the X-Men character any time soon.
“X-Men” producer Simon Kinberg told Slash Film that the character’s voice still needs to be found.
“I think the truth is when you have these movies that need a very special and unique tone, it takes a little while to find that tone,” Kinberg told Slash Film.
“‘Deadpool’ feels like it exploded out of nowhere but it was a ten-year development process on that movie,” he continued. “I think it was honed over those ten years. I hope that ‘Gambit’ doesn’t take ten years but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right. The character has such a specific voice in the comic in the same way that ‘Deadpool’ has a specific voice in the comic, that we want to make sure that we capture that voice on the page. Really it’s just about getting a screenplay that is worthy of that character and I think we’re really close right now.”
The project is already on its second director, Doug Liman, after it lost original director Rupert Wyatt because of scheduling conflicts.
Gambit is a mutant who can manipulate kinetic energy at his will. He is skilled in card-throwing and often uses playing cards as weapons when energised with his power. Taylor Kitsch played the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
“Gambit” was originally slated for a October 2016 release but is likely going to take up one of the slots listed on Fox’s lineup as untitled Marvel projects for October 2017 or January 2018.
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