Prepare for a healthy dose of déjà vu, as Fox has once again set a tentative date to begin filming the long-awaited X-Men spinoff Gambit.
In development since at least 2015, when the studio fast-tracked production, the Channing Tatum film has experienced a series of delays as it passed through the hands of three directors -- Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman and Gore Verbinski -- and underwent at least one rewrite. But now Gambit might be getting back on track, finally.
Speaking to Variety on the red carpet for Deadpool 2, producer Simon Kinberg said all the pieces had begun to fall in place to move into production soon. "We have a script that we love — that Channing loves,” he said. “We’ve met with a bunch of directors in the last couple of weeks, and we’re hoping to actually pick one in the next couple of weeks and shoot the movie maybe the end of this summer.”
That's far from definitive, of course, but probably as good as anyone could hope for after the loss of Verbinski in January, attributed to scheduling conflicts, led Gambit to abandon its planned March start date in New Orleans.
Now, however, the wheels finally seem to be turning in the right direction, with recent speculation turning to Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts as a potential replacement for Verbinski.