There’s been talk of Channing Tatum taking up the role of fan favorite X-Man Gambit for years now, but it’s now confirmed that the character won’t just be another mutant in the background: he’s getting his own movie.
According to a report from Deadline, 20th Century Fox has hired screenwriter Josh Zetumer (2014’s RoboCop) to pen the spinoff adventure starring Tatum as mutant Remy LaBeau, aka Gambit. As we’ve talked about before, Zetumer’s screenplay for a Gambit film no longer needs to rely on the character’s previous appearance in X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, since the slate of continuity was wiped clean for the entire series going forward after the events of this year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
According to the report, the screenplay will be based on a treatment written by legendary X-Men comics scribe Chris Claremont, who created the Gambit character in the early 1990s with artist Jim Lee. This in and of itself is a positive step in the right direction, since most of the X-Men films released thus far have had a rather tenuous connection with the source material upon which they’re based. Perhaps with Claremont’s involvement, Fox can begin to turn that around a little bit and provide a more familiar representation of Gambit to both comics fans and movie audiences.
Tatum is slated to make his debut as Gambit in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the sequel to Days of Future Past, which will be written by returning X2 film scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, along with Days of Future Past‘s Simon Kinberg, and directed by Bryan Singer. For more details on this and the Gambit film as they develop, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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