In what has to sadly represent the least surprising news of the week, it has been confirmed that Fox’s Gambit movie will no longer hit cinemas in its planned 7 October 2016 release date. In fact, an alternative date is yet to be announced, leaving its fate up in the air.
As we’ve mentioned, considering the amount of upheaval that has surrounded its production, it’s no surprise that Fox has chosen to give it a bit more breathing space. Rupert Wyatt was originally attached to direct before backing out in June 2015, with Doug Liman now on board. It was even rumoured at one point that star Channing Tatum was on the verge of dropping out, although thankfully this didn’t happen – and judging by his presence in the photo Fox recently released of the cast of their films together, he remains a vital part of the studio’s future plans.
In its place, two as-yet untitled films have been scheduled for release on 6 October 2017 and 12 January 2018. We’re fairly confident that at least one of them will be Deadpool 2, although the identity of the other one is less clear. Fantastic Four 2? X-Force? A new X-Men film? Another spinoff of some sort? It could be anything. Regardless, it’s good to see Fox get back on track, especially with the box-office success of Deadpool. The studio’s films haven’t quite had the level of success enjoyed by their Marvel Studios counterparts, but crucially, they always feel a bit different, which we admire. In any case, we’ll keep you posted when Gambit has a new release date.
So far, Channing Tatum and Léa Seydoux are confirmed for roles, with Simon Kinberg, Lauren Schuler Donner and Reid Carolin producing Joshua Zetumer’s script.
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