Now, rewrites have led to a delay in production till the end of the year. Originally scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2016, Gambit is currently being rewritten by Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin, while director Doug Liman is looking to take on other projects during the hiatus. He’s reportedly in negotiations to direct psychological thriller The Wall, Amazon Studios’ first original movie.
There are all kinds of reasons for movie scripts to be rewritten – actors dropping out, budget limitations etc – , but it suggests that Fox is uncertain what direction/tone to go with for the movie.
It’s been a decidedly mixed year for Fox, with the wildly successful Deadpool
(see our review
) coming with the wildly unsuccessful Fantastic Four
reboot (see our review
). The X-Men franchise has been a consistent winner for the studio, and they could surely have used a smoother ride for Gambit
Oh, well. At least there’s still X-Men: Apocalypse in May to look forward to.