From Fox X Men movies were the MCU before the actual MCU became something. Back then, Fox had some ambitious plans for his own X Men cinematic universe, with spinoff movies for individual X-Men characters. For a long time, Channing Tatum was associated to play the title role in an independent film as Remy Etienne LeBeau, also known as Gambit, a mutant with the ability to manipulate kinetic energy to explode objects.

Gambit It was initially offered to filmmaker Rupert Wyatt. When the talks with Wyatt failed, Gore Verbinski, of pirates of the Caribbean fame came aboard the project, before he, too, walked away from the movie. Now, in an interview with Collider, Gore verbinski explained why his Gambit The movie never happened, mainly as a result of poor timing and a lack of a good script.

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“The script never got to a point where everyone agreed. I mean, I got a call from the studio saying, ‘We have this project,’ Gambit ‘, do you want to do it?’ And they’d said, ‘Shoot right away.’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know. Let me think about it. “And I forget what was happening. There was something about the schedule that would actually be a good thing if it happened quickly. Then it was like, the script just didn’t get there. Then I had other things that were more important to me. me, and I think other people had other things. So it was like a little window where if it happened, it was going to happen right away with a lot of urgency. “

It seems, as with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox was more interested in pushing a X Men film quickly rather than waiting for the project to evolve organically. In the past, Origin of the Planet of the Apes director Ruper Wyatt, who was first offered the Gambit film, had confirmed that his opinion on the project fell through due to budget concerns.

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“The Fantastic Four came out, Fox didn’t do very well, [and] They decided to cut our budget. We were away for 12 weeks, we couldn’t recover. The script needed a lot of rewriting to fit that budget and ultimately the powers that be who chose not to go down that path, so the movie didn’t happen. And then of course whatever happened after me with other directors, I have no idea. What I do know is that Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin had an amazing idea of ​​what that movie was going to be, and so did Josh Zeutemer, the writer. It was fantastic, it was kind of a really exciting Godfather with mutants set in the world of New Orleans with different bands. “

Now that the X Men Belonging to Disney, the iconic mutants are set to make their triumphant MCU debut. Maybe, Channing tatum he will eventually be allowed to portray Gambit as he had planned for so long, even if he is likely to be a very different version of the character than Fox intended. This news comes from Collider.

Topics: Gambit, X-Men

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