‘Gambit’ Removed From 2016 Release Slate While Fox Adds Two Mystery ‘X-Men’ Movies

By February 29, 2016
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Following the massive success of Deadpool over the past few weeks, it looks like Twentieth Century Fox may be taking a good hard look at their cinematic universe plans moving forward. Originally intended to be the studio’s prime standalone film this year though, their Channing Tatum-led Gambit has been off to a rough start so far, after losing its original director to creative and budgetary differences with the studio, and bad word of mouth running around about the project.

With Deadpool doing incredibly well at the box office though, and breaking both February and rated-R movie records left and right, it sounds like Fox may not be as concerned with getting their Gambit film out this year as the studio has officially removed the film from their 2016 release schedule.

The now Doug Liman-directed project was originally intended to hit theaters in the Fall of this year, but considering the project had not even begun production yet, that was becoming less and less likely of a goal for the studio to make. With the pressure for a new, popular standalone franchise off their backs though thanks to Deadpool, Liman and Tatum may finally get the chance to have the breathing room for the project that it sounds like they desperately need.

In addition to the move though, the studio has also announced two new mystery X-Men movie release dates on October 6th, 2017 and January 12th, 2018. Now, it’s possible that one of these could be Gambit‘s new release date, but they could also be the release dates for the highly-speculated X-Force film that Fox may or may not be working on again, or the release date for the already announced Deadpool sequel.

Or you know, it’s entirely possible that these could be two completely new, and unknown X-Men movies that we haven’t heard anything about already. Considering how careful the studio may want to be looking at their cinematic universe, following the complete failure of their Fantastic Four movie last year, and the overwhelmingly-positive success of Deadpool this month, it’ll be interesting to see what directions they take with these new releases.

The studio also has X-Men: Apocalypse set to be released this year, which will be the conclusion to the studio’s current X-Men trilogy by bringing in the iconic comic book villain (played by Oscar Isaac) and pitting the entire X-Men roster (both old and new) in a battle for the mutant world, on a scale we haven’t even seen onscreen yet.

As of right now though, more than any other superhero cinematic universe in the works right now, Fox is the one standing on the precipice of a couple very big changes moving forwards. Now we’ll just have to wait and see how the studio deals with those opportunities now standing in front of them.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable