It's official! Channing Tatum is Gambit! Despite reports that the actor was wanting to back out of the project, THR confirms that Channing Tatum has officially closed his deal, making him part of 20th Century Fox's Marvel family. The film will open in theaters October 2016.
Most expected that the actor would eventually sign his deal. And fans were shocked to hear that he wanted out. The project seemed to be falling apart as sources close to the production suggested that Fox and Channing Tatum couldn't come to terms on the contract. While that is now proven untrue, it is said that the studio and the actor did hit a sensitive spot in negotiations. That sensitive spot was not disclosed to the public.Read More
The shake-up comes just as the studio is in the process of testing female leads alongside Channing Tatum, including Spectre star Léa Seydoux. Channing Tatum was also set to produce Gambit with his partner Reid Carolin, but it isn't known if he plans to stay on as a producer, or if producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will continue on without them. Whatever the case may be, a decision will have to be made very soon.
Just a few days ago, a report surfaced that the superhero movie will start production this fall, in Channing Tatum's hometown of New Orleans, with casting already under way for a number of supporting characters. Joshua Zetumer wrote the screenplay, but no story details have been given at this time. It isn't immediately known what is causing the deal between Channing Tatum and the studio to collapse, but if he does in fact leave the project, it would be quite surprising, since the actor heavily campaigned for the role through social media and various interviews, while he was promoting 22 Jump Street last year.Read More
Paramount is currently developing G.I. Joe 3 with director D.J. Caruso, which reportedly focuses on Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock character. Given Channing Tatum's death in G.I. Joe Retaliation, it seems unlikely that he will return as Duke for G.I. Joe 3, but screenwriter Aaron Berg came on board in April to write a new draft of the script, so anything is possible. What do you think about Channing Tatum openly dissing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? You can check out the actor's audio interview from earlier today in the player below.Read More
With Channing Tatum's Gambit already set for release on October 7, 2016, production will surely start sometime later this year. Earlier this week, Channing Tatum revealed the Gambit script by Joshua Zetumer has been completed, but the project still doesn't have a director attached yet. Today we have a new report that Channing Tatum himself has approached four marquee directors to take the helm on Gambit, all of whom have turned him down.
The actor/producer has reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), all of whom turned the project down. It isn't known if this quartet of filmmakers turned down Gambit because they weren't interested in tackling this character, or if they simply can't fit it into their schedule. It remains to be seen which filmmaker Channing Tatum will go after next.Read More
There have been rumors that Gambit will pop up in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, but that has yet to be confirmed at this time. Since X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016, just a few months before Gambit debuts in October of next year, it would certainly make sense to introduce the character in X-Men: Apocalypse. However, since the movie is set in the 1980s, and we aren't entirely sure when the Gambit movie is set, it may not work to introduce the character here. While we wait for more confirmed details on Gambit, let us know what you think about these updates below.
Gambit comes to theaters October 7th, 2016.Read More
A long-gestating adaptation of Joe Haldeman's 1974 novel The Forever War has been given a huge boost, with Channing Tatum now attached to both star in and produce. The project has sparked a bidding war between Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and an unidentified studio, although it is unclear at the moment who will win the rights. Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) is attached to write the screenplay, with Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) on board to produce.
The project has been in development since 2008, when Ridley Scott picked up the rights and developed it for several years as a directing vehicle. A number of writers such as David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner), Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) and Dante Harper (Akira) worked on the screenplay, but this new package came together after the rights recently lapsed. Richard Edlund, who previously held the rights for over 20 years before Ridley Scott, is also involved as a producer.Read More
While X-Men: Apocalypse continues to confirm its main cast leading up to the official production start in just a few weeks, we still haven't heard about a number of potential actors returning or being introduced. Among them is Channing Tatum as Gambit. His solo movie doesn't open until October 7, 2016 with X-Men: Apocalypse coming 5 months before in May. This has led many to assume Gambit will be introduced in this earlier ensemble adventure. Asked point blank if he was set to make at least a cameo, Channing Tatum doesn't seem so sure.
Gambit comes to theaters October 7th, 2016.Read More