Channing Tatum discussed the X-Men spinoff movie we’ve never seen: Gambit.
Channing Tatum brings an intelligent sense of self-awareness to the projects he features in. Maybe that’s why he spent ages trying to get out of the two-movie deal that tied him to the meathead toy movie. G.I. Joe series. After all, the two-movie franchise’s bland tone took its ridiculous premise way too seriously, and Tatum, who in movies like Lucky Logan and MagicMike, is good at exposing hidden depths to seemingly one-dimensional characters.
The actor has a few movies in the next two months, Dog (his directorial debut) and The lost city of Z, but ahead of their respective launches, he discussed the one project he never managed to get out of development hell: the Gambit film.
Tatum chatted with Variety on the defeat x-men project, talking about how he sought to bring that heightened sense of self-awareness to the character that earned dead Pool a billion dollars. But despite being about to enter production, the project remained mired in development hell: Tatum recalls that the film was ready to go, “with a cast, a production office and a location. filming,” but days before filming was supposed to begin, Disney’s takeover of Fox threw the film, first into paralysis before it was finally shut down completely.
“I turned off my Marvel machine,” Tatum said, after losing the project. “I couldn’t see any of the films. I loved this character. It was too sad. It was like losing a friend because I was so ready to play him.
Tatum’s take on Gambit also looks like a lot of fun, definitely an upgrade from Gavin Hood’s 2009 version of the character. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where the Cajun mutant was played by Taylor Kitsch. While this iteration of the character was fairly well received by fans, Tatum’s take seems to have been lighter and possibly smarter, describing it as “a romantic comedy superhero flick.” The thesis was the only thing harder than saving the world is making a relationship work.
Although he offered to direct himself when Fox was hesitant to choose a director, ultimately the project would remain unfinished.
It remains to be seen whether the character will appear in future Marvel films, since he now owns the rights. However, Tatum’s version will only exist as a fantasy, one of those fascinating “what could have been.”
You can check the rest of the interview with Tatum here. Well worth a read, while you can catch Tatum in Dog, next month.
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