Since it was confirmed back in 2015 that a Gambit movie was coming our way with Channing Tatum starring as the titular character, us fans have been eagerly awaiting the final product. Gambit is the second character who appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that is now getting his own film. Deadpool was obviously the first, and though Ryan Reynolds still briefly portrayed the Merc with a Mouth (or the Merc without a Mouth as that movie progressed) he was one of the biggest complaints to come from Origins. Gambit’s portrayal by Taylor Kitsch wasn’t overly poor, however fans seem to be a bit more enthused about the character’s solo film now that Channing Tatum is on board to take the role. Deadpool was majorly successful, so Fox seems a bit more apt to try and branch out with their various spin-off and solo-mutant films as opposed to sticking strictly to the full X-Men team movies. However, excitement has quickly turned to disappointment as production has been delayed fairly extensively.
Rupert Wyatt was the director first attached to the project, but he took off a short time later and his seat was filled by Doug Liman. This has pushed back production until spring of 2017 (with the original release date being for 2016), and many fans seem to have lost faith. Fox producer Simon Kinberg has now addressed this, attempting to reassure fans that the movie will be well worth the wait:
“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. Deadpool feels like it exploded out of nowhere, but it was a 10-year development process on that movie. I think it was honed over those 10 years.
The man does have a point here. Fox very well could’ve left Deadpool as he appeared in Origins but instead everybody, including Ryan Reynolds, worked tirelessly to get the Deadpool film to be the best comic book film they could possibly make it, and they didn’t disappoint. When Channing Tatum first expressed the desire to play the Ragin’ Cajun back in 2013, he seemed to have just as much love for the character as Reynolds did for the Merc. So hopefully this wait means that we will get the best possible version of this movie that we can.
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