Update: TATUM Reportedly Back On For GAMBIT

Channing Tatum / Gambit
Channing Tatum / Gambit
Credit: Marvel Comics

Updated August 1, 2015 at 4:45 p.m. EST: Gambit, gone? Not so fast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Just days after The Wrap indicated that Tatum was "planning to exit" 20th Century Fox's 2016 Gambit movie, The Hollywood Reporter now states that the Magic Mike star has signed a deal to play the mutant character in the upcoming solo film and potentially other movies.

THR's reports doesn't dismiss troubles in the negotiation process between Tatum and 20th Century Fox however, stating that the two parties did "hit a sensitive spot" but they reportedly negotiated a deal agreeable to both parties. THR indicates that the sticking point for Tatum is backend compensation; that is, a piece of the profits should the films Tatum takes a part in should it be successful.

If these reports are true, it is interesting that 20th Century Fox announced Tatum's involvement as Gambit months before any actual deal was in place -- giving Tatum the upper-hand, in some respects, when it came time to negotiate an actual deal.

Original Story: The Wrap reports that Gambit's titular star Channing Tatum might be leaving the project. Citing unnamed sources, the Hollywood trade says the Magic Mike star is "planning to exit" the movie, which was scheduled to begin production later this year in line for an October 7, 2016 release. Neither Tatum or 20th Century Fox have commented on this unconfirmed report.

20th Century Fox recently hired Rupert Wyatt to direct Gambit, and The Wrap reports that screen tests were underway for actresses to play an unnamed female character opposite Tatum.

Tatum, who was scheduled to both star and act as a producer on Gambit, appeared as a surprise guest at 20th Century Fox's panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego alongside stars of X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool and Fantastic Four.

Gambit is currently scheduled to premiere October 7, 2016.

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