Gambit is back on 20th Century Fox’s release schedule.
The beleaguered production appears to be back on track as Variety reports that the film is set for a February 14th, 2019 release. That date is a good two-and-half years later than the studio initially expected the X-Men spinoff to bow. From the get-go, it seems, Gambit has had to use its main character’s agility to stay afloat.
At one point, star Channing Tatum was not signed to appear in the film despite walking on stage with the rest of Fox’s Merry Mutants at a 2015 Comic-Con International: San Diego preview panel. Once Tatum’s services were secured, the film was expected to begin filming that fall and set for an October 2016 release. Sadly, the project soon dismissed its crew as director Rupert Wyatt walked away citing scheduling concerns. He was later replaced by Live. Die. Repeat.‘s Doug Liman, who also left the project in August of last year. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski recently signed on to helm the feature and Fox must feel confident in him to once again schedule the film for release.
If the project comes together — and I think you’ll understand my reticence to believe it will happen this time — it will join New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix as part of Fox’s upcoming slate of Marvel-inspired films. It is currently unclear if Tatum will make cameos as Gambit in any of those other movies.
And while I might seem a bit snide about this one, I do wish Tatum, Verbinski and the whole cast and crew luck. But to lose two directors puts the film in an unenviable column next to The Flash: Flashpoint and other projects that only exist because the studio already sunk a lot of money into developing them. With that initial spark long since spent, you end up with a movie like The Dark Tower. Gambit may not be my favorite mutant (that’s actually Cable), but I definitely don’t want to see the finished film be as uninterested in itself as The Dark Tower ultimately was.
Gambit is set for a February 14th, 2019 release.