In a new blue carpet interview at the London premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past, producer Lauren Shuler Donner got quite talkative with TotalFilm. In the brief interview, she seems to confirm not only three movies in development, but also the casting of a major character.
"Deadpool, Yes! X-Force is fascinating. We love X-Force, it allows us to be a little grittier. And also Gambit," the producer of every X-movie so far said when asked what they're working on bringing to the big screen next.
And when asked who she'd like as Gambit?
"It is Channing, yes. He's a rogue. He's a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we know that. And he has a good heart. He's a Southerner too! He's not from New Orleans but he's a Southerner and he knows that world."
No idea if any of these are the "mystery film" she teased at the New York premiere, but it sounds like Fox is going full steam ahead on the X-Men film franchise. With Shuler Donner confirming all these films in development, that brings the total to a confirmed five, perhaps six if none of these three fit the "secret" bill. X-Men: Apocalypse has a release date of 2016 set, a third Wolverine is shooting for a 2015 release, and now it looks like the long-gestating Deadpool and X-Force are back on the radar, with Gambit officially in the mix, as a starring vehicle for Channing Tatum.
GOTHAM Gets Descriptive
And in Fox comic book TV news... In addition to adding those three new series regulars (expect much more of Edward Nigma, Renee Montoya, and Crispus Allen, as they've all been upgraded), Fox has released a new, and quite long, official description for Gotham. The new description includes some tidbits of information about the series - it has the first mention in official materials of The Joker, says Gordon grew up in the suburbs of the city, and talks a bit about the role Bruce Wayne will play in the show.
Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM.
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what
circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Growing up in Gotham City’s surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.
Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city’s highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes’ hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy’s profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham’s criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” franchise, “HawthoRNe”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction’s most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead”).
While the crime drama will follow Gordon’s turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he’s destined to be.
GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” franchise, “Nikita”). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series.