Similar to how Ryan Reynolds pledged his allegiance to Fox’s long-in-development Deadpool solo movie, Channing Tatum’s ongoing commitment to the Gambit spinoff is really the stuff of legend in the realm of comic book movies.
And just like the Merc With a Mouth before him, Remy LeBeau’s long, meandering journey to the silver screen has been fraught with setbacks and false starts, with multiple directors – Doug Liman included – walking away from the project altogether. But don’t fret, there’s still hope for Tatum’s Gambit, as the actor told HeyUGuys that the film is now starting over in light of Logan and Deadpool‘s respective triumphs.
In truth, these comments echo Channing Tatum’s previous revelation that Fox is beginning to adopt a new approach to Remy LeBeau’s origin story following the back-to-back success of Tim Miller’s Deadpool and Hugh Jackman’s last hurrah as Wolverine – just don’t expect Gambit to adopt an R rating, too.
And so, while doing press for Steven Soderbergh’s all-star heist drama, Logan Lucky, Channing Tatum confirmed that Gambit is starting afresh, which means that all involved are able “to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do” in the story department. Color us intrigued.
We lit a fuse on the first one and just blew it completely out of the water. I think we got lucky – we got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason. We were trying to do something completely different. We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn’t seen before. We kept running into the same problems, and then Deadpool and Logan came through and kicked the doors down. Now we’re really getting to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do with the script – we’ve just sort of started over.
So, there you have it; Gambit is starting over, but Channing Tatum is confident that a total refresh is the best route to take. Logan Lucky, meanwhile, screeched into theaters this past weekend, and you can check out our own verdict of Soderbergh’s crime caper here.