Gambit has been in development for roughly 10 million years, by my calculations. Many eons ago, when the idea of a Gambit film was first pitched to us, we were told it would be something of a heist film. After all, given Gambit’s shifty nature, it makes sense it would be something like that, right?
No longer! Last week, it was stated by producer Simon Kinberg that it would be a romantic comedy. The comment was elaborated and clarified a bit, but there are still many fans out there who are wondering why and how that would work. Speaking with Collider, Kinberg gave some extra details regarding the film, pretty much addressing the question of whether or not this version was a different one from previous iterations:
“You are absolutely right [that this is a different version]. There are elements that are similar, but it is different in tone, almost in sub-genre—one of the things that we’ve done with these standalone movies […] is that we’ve tried to create sort of sub-genres within the superhero genre when it comes to these standalone movies; even Deadpool itself is like a raunchy R-rated comedy, not just a superhero film. So Gambit became something different over the span of developing it with Channing, with his partner Reid [Carolin], with Josh Zetumer the screenwriter. It is something that we intend to make but listen I’m Jewish, so my expectation for everything is I don’t believe anything until it’s out in movie theaters. So I share your cynicism generally, but in this particular case we’re working very hard to get the movie going.”
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But if you were worried the heist element would be gone, fret not. Here’s what he has to say about that:
“It still has elements of a heist movie. It has elements of a romantic comedy and elements of a heist movie because he is a thief, but it is a love story between him and Bella.”
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