20th Century Fox's long-gestating Gambit movie could begin shooting in just a few months if they can find the right director, according to long-time X-Men producer Simon Kinberg. In an interview with Variety during the red carpet premiere of Deadpool 2, Kinberg was very positive about the prospective movie - saying that a new director could be hired in the "next couple of weeks."
“We have a script that’s extraordinary, that we love, that [Channing Tatum] loves,” Kingberg said. “We’ve met with a bunch of directors in the last few weeks and we’re hoping to pick one in the next couple of weeks, then shoot the movie maybe this summer.”
You can watch the interview here:
Fox has been developing a Gambit movie since 2009 when Taylor Kitsch played the role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Kitsch was originally signed to a three-picture deal to include solo films, but after several years Channing Tatum signed on to play Gambit in a prospective film. At various points, three different directors have been announced for a hopeful film - Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman, and Gore Verbinski - with each reportedly leaving due to creative differences.
After several re-scheduled release dates, Fox does not have a revised release date for Gambit announced.