It might be difficult to believe but the long-troubled Gambit installment is finally getting some traction. The project is now on the verge of entering production, should there be no more delays.
Speaking with Variety during a premiere event for Deadpool 2 last night, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that a few directors have already been shortlisted and an official announcement shall be made within this month.
In addition, a script has been readied that everyone loves. If everything goes according to plan, principal photography will begin this summer at the earliest — recently reported to be on June 19, 2018.
“We have a script that we love — that Channing loves. We’ve met with a bunch of directors in the last couple of weeks, and we’re hoping to actually pick one in the next couple of weeks and shoot the movie maybe the end of this summer.”
It has been more than two years since Gambit was first announced and since then, three directors have joined and left. Gore Verbinski was the latest one to depart after coming on board last October. Prior to him were Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman, both of whom left in 2016. The common reason has been regarding script issues and creativity freedom.
Despite the development problems, Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) is still on-board to take on the titular role of Remy LeBeau, a powerful mutant with the ability to charge any object with kinetic energy that explodes on impact. Léa Seydoux (Spectre) will join the cast as Bella Donna Boudreaux, a childhood friend of LeBeau. Mr. Sinister will be the chief antagonist but an actor is yet to be confirmed.
Gambit was initially pegged to open in theaters on February 14, 2019, before being delayed to June 7, 2019. The project is currently looking at a speculated premiere around late 2019 at best.
It goes without saying that the immense delay has caused fans to diminish their expectations and Gambit will need to offer something very special to turn that perception around.