Why The “Gambit” Movie Will Probably Never Happen

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Marvel)

“X-Men” producer Simon Kinberg has been talking about the upcoming merger between Fox and Marvel, and I’ve got to say, things don’t sound good for Gambit and his planned movie.

According to Kinberg, the studio behind the “X-Men” movies is essentially running like a school in the last week of the semester before summer vacation. They’re making sure the lights are on and they’re finishing up any last little things that are left to cover, but nobody’s heart is in it, and there are no big plans for what to do when the final bell rings.

Said Kinberg:

“We haven’t had any discussions yet about what the Disney acquisition of Fox would look like for the Marvel properties because I think legally they’re not allowed to talk about it until it’s done. So no we haven’t talked about it all. We’re just moving forward as we move forward. Once Drew Goddard’s ready we’ll get into X-Force and, believe it or not, we’re still trying to get Gambit up and running. The hope is to keep moving forward until we hear otherwise. To me, I have no idea what to expect but I think it could be really exciting.”

The thing that sticks out for me here is the reference to the “Gambit” movie.

A Troubled Project

This project has bounced around for the better part of a decade, and no director really wants to touch it.

Gore Verbinski and Doug Liman have both at one time or another been lined up to direct the film, but both have ultimately ditched the project before too long.

Liman has even publicly stated that the “Gambit” movie has an unbelievably terrible script. Although, in fairness, Liman has similarly bailed out on “Justice League Dark”, so I get the feeling he like to run for the hills at the first hint that he needs to do any actual work when directing these movies.

Gambit X-Men Cartoon
Source: Marvel

A good director could make a great “Gambit” movie happen, but thus far the only consistent name to stick with the project is Channing Tatum, and he’s hardly the backbone that a movie like this needs.

I get the feeling that the “Gambit” movie is a pipedream, and that Fox is keeping it on the cards just so they can show that they have a lot of movies in the works. The moment this deal with Disney is finalized, kiss goodbye to any hope of the Ragin’ Cajun getting his own movie.

Honestly, I’m fine with this.

Patience is a Virtue

Gambit was always my favorite X-Man growing up, and I can’t say that I think he’ll work all that well if played by Tatum. I’d much rather see the character show up in a supporting role in some future MCU movies before maybe getting his own film in another decade or so.

I want to see this character done right, and I just don’t trust Fox to get him right. Not after his last movie appearance, at any rate.

Gambit X-Men Origins Wolverine
Source: 20th Century Fox

So don’t be too surprised if Fox’s “Gambit” movie never materializes.

At the same time, don’t be sad. It’s better if Remy LeBeau doesn’t end up as the new Fantastic Four, with a crummy movie that exists for purely arbitrary reasons.