It appears some parents dissenting over their young children not being able to endulge in a kid-friendly version of a hard-etched R-rated film may be getting their wish with Deadline reporting that Deadpool 2 is getting a PG-13 theatrical re-release on December 21. The film was released on May 18 on screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox, sitting stunt multi-hyphenate and filmmaker David Leitch in the director’s chair.
Trade news sources are finally confirming the initial basics of what’s what with the long-vegetating Gambit live-action adaptation set up at 20th Century Fox. With Channing Tatum already set up to star for director Gore Verbinski following recent reports, Marvel fans can check back in on Valentines Day – February 14, 2019 to catch the faved X-Men character on the big screen.
Gambit was created by Jim Lee and Chris Clairemont and unveiled in X-Men comic book universe beginning in 1990, sporting a cajun accent with impeccable charm and the ability to charge most objects with kinetic energy, rendering them explosive. Tatum has long been in the running to star, and much to the delight of executives at Fox, including Lauren Shuler Donner who has produced all of the studio’s Marvel X-Men movies so far, including Jackman’s final Wolverine performance this year in Logan in addition to upcoming entries, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants to name a few.
Josh Zetumer’s script still stands as the framework for the upcoming film while further cast details will arrive in due time. Tatum is producing with Donner along with Reid Carolin and Simon Kinberg.
Alas, the important part here at least is whether or not this film is going to get a damn director and it’s been VERY frustrating. With any luck, perhaps Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise co-helmer Gore Verbinski can be the man at the helm as talks are now underway for the filmmaker to sit in according to trade reports at Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
WB/DCEU's JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK Lands The Director Of The GAMBIT Movie He Is No Longer Directing. Or Whatever.
Welp… 2016 has been quite the damper in movie expectations, especially pertaining to 20th Century Fox’s dwindling Gambit film inspired by Marvel Comics. That one is was supposed to be releasing at some point next year provided production already started, though the word now is that its previously-attached director, Doug Liman is no longer involved while its star moves on to play a mermaid. Or something.
Yes, I’m frustrated – which is a nice way of saying how slightly pissed I am. No, no, feel free to laugh. It’s silly, really. It’s as silly as trying to keep up with comic book movie news as oftentimes the updates are more fickle and are either rumor-based or solid fact until not. Such is what the long-awaited Justice League Dark movie has endured, to say the least, since its rumored development to 2012 with Guillermo del Toro in talks to direct.
Obviously that appears to not be happening which now brings us back to Liman who, according to Variety, is now being tapped to direct the live-action DC Comics property for Warner Bros. with del Toro and Scott Rudin producing and Michael Gileio scripting. The property itself covers an ensemble of paranormal and supernatually gifted heroes, namely interdimensional hellbound detective John Constantine and haphazardly-created mutant superhero, Swamp Thing, among a roster of others, and is being said to play a major role in the current DCEU.
The news comes in the wake of Warner Bros.’s most recent half-a-billion dollar success, Suicide Squad from director David Ayer amid a wave of negative reviews and calls for the studio to (in one allegedly former studio employee’s words) “make the fucking donuts”. At best here, Liman may very well do just that considering the cult support he’s earned by fans for the hugely under-appreciated 2014 “All You Need Is Kill” adap, Edge Of Tomorrow, for a sequel yet to happen.
Further details are pending on the film while we await news on Liman’s forthcoming Amazon Studios sniper drama, The Wall, and Summit film, Chaos Walking. As for Gambit…well…
The ever-expanding Marvel movie multiverse has been on a warpath this year with its amazing franchises already coming into fruition. The work currently being done with Tim Miller’s Deadpool and Marvel’s 2015 Netflix line-up, in addition to talks of a female spidey feature film, as well as the possible revival of semi-human vampire hunter, Blade, and L.L. Cool J’s most recent Tweet boasting a future Marvel role have pretty much overshadowed that of the recent announcement Warner Bros. made for its own superhero line-up a few weeks ago; They’re catching up, but in the eyes of comic book fans in both camps, apparently not fast enough.
That said, it remains to be seen what the future of the X-Men saga from 20th Century Fox will hold, although we already have a pretty gnarly idea about the possibilities in that regard. However, we have heard little on what will entail for actor Channing Tatum‘s part in an upcoming standalone push for fellow X-Men member and rogue mutant, Gambit, and the studio is keeping it that way. Fortunately for us, there are signs of life with official word from Deadline that the film has a new scribe in the form of Josh Zetumer. In addition, the report also brings word that the film has officially been greenlit for Tatum, currently on the way with sequel stripper dramedy Magic Mike XXL, attached to star.
Zetumer is prolifically known for providing the script for this year’s Robocop reboot from director José Padilha. I argued a balanced case in defense of that film which garnered its share of mixed reviews back in February as PG-13 reinterpretation that didn’t fully live up to the standards in the eyes of many who saw the R-rated first film. Considering we’re in PG-13 territory now, there’s probably less room for scruitiny to say the least, which if course isn’t to say there’s plenty of room to make a crappy film. Besides, Channing Tatum is a good actor and comes off as someone who really loves the character as he’s so expressed in many earlier reports online, so if he’s the one to be Gambit, it deserves justice with the right director and the right vision for the action and story to accommodate his cinematic re-emergence in superhero atmosphere since 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Tatum is also producing with Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, the latter who wrote The Fantastic Four reboot for next year’s release and is also producing 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Stay tuned for more info.
Producer and screenwriter, Simon Kinberg (Elysium, X-Men: Days Of Future Past) has largely been the go-to for plenty of micro-updates on what fans can currently expect for forthcoming blockbuster films, particularly X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four. As of late though, the news circuit is also seeing a growing share of news bits giving some steam to the upcoming production of the newly announced Marvel adaptation, Deadpool, to be directed by Tim Miller.
One such update now lends credence to the probability that the film will fall under the umbrella of Marvel’s X-Men universe, according to Kinberg in statements forwarded by Comic Book via CBM. This is quite peculiar, and mainly because leading man Hugh Jackman decapitated him in an the epic final battle alongside Liev Schreiber’s performance as Sabretooth in the 2009 film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This is also means tying said film in to the new movie, a formula that director James Mangold avoided when sitting in the chair for last year’s release, The Wolverine, so this may (or may not) impact the universal storytelling process in some capacity. Nevertheless, Kinberg says there’s a grand scheme in play right now to help make it all fit.
“There’s definitely a sort of overall plan that we’ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now,” Kinberg said, “and Deadpool obviously fits into that. So yeah, I guess I would say it’s part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films, some of which is inspired by the comics and some which is inspired by seeing what Marvel’s done with telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well. The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox.”
This also presents a few questions, the most obvious one being how in the hell does Deadpool come back from the dead? Sure he’s got some wicked healing powers to accompany his particular set of skills, but it’s still a question worth asking since the last thing many fans want to see is for this film to fall part without any cohesive storytelling (let alone a PG-13 adaptation for a project that was once promised an R-rating).
Another thing also worth looking at is if whether or not writer and director Jeff Wadlow is going to use the same tie-in formula going into the development of his next film, X-Force. He and comic book creator Rob Liefeld have already stated Deadpool‘s inclusion in the film, of which Cable, Psylocke and Colossus are also frontrunners for the five-member team. In this case, I wonder if he, Miller, Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and the high-ups at Twentieth Century Fox are exchanging notes.
And then, of course, another question worth asking is if whether or not we can expect a Deadpool cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse or the upcoming Gambit film with Channing Tatum. The news is early, really, so of course this is all speculation. But with Deadpool now included in the X-verse, it appears that with Marvel and DC bringing their universes together, as well as the recent announcent of Universal’s Monsterverse, cinematic universes seem to be a thing, which reminds me…I also wonder if Deadpool and Wolverine will get a rematch at some point before Jackman hangs his claws up for good…
Deadpool is slated for February 12, 2016., while Kinberg is currently producing X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four for their respective releases on May 27, 2016 and August 7, 2015. Stay tuned for more info!
Director Bryan Singer‘s new film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is all the rage this month with fans pouring out for several star-studded red carpet premieres being held around as per the recently announced X-Men X-Perience which kicked off in New York last week. The film will make its way to theaters in the UK and North America next weekend as screenwriter Simon Kinberg continues to maintain the excitement over the previously announced 2016 installation of X-Men: Apocalypse, citing a “massive scale and scope” with respect to constructing that part of the story.
Bearing all this in mind, the forthcoming sequel might possibly include some of the original cast members from the 2000 movie and on (and that is only if the unconfirmed rumors from several public sources online are true), and that may include the appearance of Gambit, by way of 22 Jumpstreet star, actor Channing Tatum, who has already expressed much interest in playing the role since late last year. “I would like to play Gambit. Gambit’s my favorite,” he said. “I’m from New Orleans, around that area. My dad’s from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real. No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, ’cause I actually like his Gambit, but I’ve always lived around Cajun people. […] Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking [guy]. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He’s a thief. He kind of rode the line.”.
The move is also strongly supported by franchise producer Lauren Schuler Donner who told Empire in January, “I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum… That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story. He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.”.
As of this week, reports confirm that Tatum has signed on for a project that will include the role of Gambit, previously played by actor Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. What is not yet known is to what degree Tatum will get to play the role, be it in Apocalypse or a standalone feature. Rest assured, the G.I. Joe and White House Down actor is officially on board for a new action role that will no doubt cater to the hardcore fan base extending to the armada of Marvel moviegoers who may have been waiting to see him on screen fourteen years after Singer‘s X-Men.
Tatum will star alongside actress Mila Kunis in Warner Bros. July 18 theatrical release of the Wachowskis’ new intergalactic action adventure, Jupiter Ascending.
Stay tuned for more info!