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Gambit: Director Rupert Wyatt On Why His Godfather-Inspired Movie Never Happened

Remember the Gambit movie? Yeah, that was something no one out there really asked for and was also something 20th Century Fox really seemed to be pushing to make a thing, despite this fact. Channing Tatum was attached to play the Ragin’ Cajun himself, and Rupert Wyatt was even attached to helm when it was approaching a production date back in 2015. And then in September of that year….he left.

So what’s the deal with that movie? Well, it’s hard not to take a look at one other movie that had a big impact on it: Fantastic Four. Speaking with the outlet Collider, Wyatt — while promoting his new film Captive State — delved into why his Gambit film never really came through. Here’s what he had to say about the ordeal.

Fantastic Four came out, did not do very well for Fox, [and] they decided to lower our budget. We were 12 weeks out, we couldn’t recover. The script needed a huge amount of rewriting in order to fit that budget, and ultimately the powers that be chose not to go down that road, so the film 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 Josh Zeutemer, the writer, as well. It was terrific, it was a really exciting sort of Godfather with mutants set in the world of New Orleans with different gangs.”

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Makes a lot of sense. In fact, to many people, the idea of a $150 million Gambit movie always felt weird to a lot of people. Me included. It probably didn’t help that around that time, Deadpool was gaining momentum, and was a kind of testament of what could be done with a film that had a relatively low budget and was true to the character.

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SOURCE: Collider

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