Channing Tatum’s long-gestating Gambit movie is moving quickly out of development hell.
20th Century Fox has announced that the Tatum-led and produced Gambit will be hitting US cinemas on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019.
Tatum has been attached to the X-Men spinoff film since 2014, when the rumoured plan was for him to first appear in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse before leading his own standalone film as the card-wielding mutant. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt came and went, as did Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Tatum was rumoured to be eyeing the exit before negotiations were finalised and he finally closed the deal, French actress Léa Seydoux was offered a lead role, and the project still couldn’t get up and running.
Well, things got on track last week when Deadline reported that Gore Verbinski, director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Ring, Rango and last year’s A Cure for Wellness, had signed on to take the helm. Verbinski will be working with a script penned by Josh Zetumer, whose credits include 2014’s RoboCop and Patriots Day.
Gambit joins a number of X-Men universe films on the horizon, including X-Men: The New Mutants, scheduled for US release on April 13, 2018; Deadpool 2, scheduled for US release on June 1, 2018; and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, scheduled for US release on November 2, 2018. Yep, three X-Men movies next year alone.
Tatum was most recently seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky and Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.