Fret not, mon ami! Even though Fox’s “Gambit” film was pulled from its expected fall release date, the good news is that we now have a better idea of what is actually happening with this movie that is seemingly stuck in production limbo.
“We’ve gotta get the script right,” Executive Producer Simon Kinberg recently told Flickering Myth while promoting “X-Men: Apocalypse.” “We just didn’t get the script to the place that we all felt like that movie deserved, so we’re still working on the script — we’re very close, actually, to being done with the script.”
Kinberg said the goal is for the film to start production by the end of this year or early 2017, the timing being dependent on when Channing Tatum’s schedule will open up.
“I think one of the things that I’ve learned on all of these movies — and maybe the lesson was best learned for me on ‘Deadpool’ — is the most important thing is getting the tone and the voice right,” he said. “That the storytelling, the actual plots, are sort of interchangeable and disposable, ultimately. If I ask you what your favorite movies are, you’re not going to tell me the plot, you’re going to tell me you love this character, and so what we’ve really tried to do with ‘Gambit’ is make sure we get the voice of that character right, and the tone of the comics 100 percent on the page.”
“There was a moment where we were going to shoot the movie at the beginning of this year, and then we felt it just wasn’t ready,” Kinberg continued. “So, knowing — hoping — that ‘Gambit’ is, like ‘Deadpool’ was, the start of a new franchise within the X-Men universe, we want to make sure to get it right.”
Kinberg was originally slated to direct this film as well, but took on another project once this one got delayed.