I know. “Who cares,” right? While Gambit is a pretty popular character with my generation, who grew up with the bo-wielding mutant on the X-Men animated series in the ’90s. However, I don’t think very many of us fans even considered that the character needed his own standalone film — I would have been plenty happy for him just be a part of the X-Men team in the main line of films.
But, of course, 20th Century Fox doesn’t seem to be listening, and for the past few years, they’ve been working to bring audiences the Gambit film. Quite notably, they cast actor Channing Tatum in the role of the Ragin’ Cajun, but that hasn’t seemed to be helping its prospects. Every year, as the film’s release date approaches, the film has gotten pushed back.
Last March, it was confirmed that the film would be getting a June 2018 production start date. However, with all the stuff going on with Disney acquiring Fox, what films would be affected, and would the ever-resilient Gambit be able to survive? Speaking with EW, X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg confirmed that there have currently been no orders from Disney yet, and along the way, stated that Gambit was still on the way.
“We haven’t had any discussions yet about what the Disney acquisition of Fox would look like for the Marvel properties because I think legally they’re not allowed to talk about it until it’s done. So no we haven’t talked about it all. We’re just moving forward as we move forward. Once Drew Goddard’s ready we’ll get into X-Force and, believe it or not, we’re still trying to get Gambit [starring Channing Tatum as the cajun mutant] up and running. The hope is to keep moving forward until we hear otherwise. To me, I have no idea what to expect but I think it could be really exciting.”
So there you have it. Fox is currently not acting under any orders from Disney as of this point — and this includes the status of Gambit. Of course, that can all change once the deal actually goes through, but until then, it’s unlikely we’ll see any odd moves from Fox.
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