Even before Fox's impending merger with Disney, Gambit was stuck in development purgatory. Now, a Rupert Wyatt, a director who was once attached to direct the X-Men spin-off, has shared details on the project, which he admits he doesn't have any updates on.
"What I do know is that Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin had an amazing idea of what that movie was going to be, and Josh Zeutemer, the writer, as well," Wyatt said in an interview with Collider. "It was terrific, it was a really exciting sort of Godfather with mutants set in the world of New Orleans with different gangs."
Past rumors had suggested this would be the backdrop with Tatum's Gambit focusing on the Guild of Thieves, Mister Sinister and of course, the Romeo and Juliet love story involving Bella Donna. Wyatt also confirmed that it was indeed envisioned as a heist film with a romantic twist, but added that it was a period piece partially set in the '70s.
"Yeah, [it was a heist film] of a sort. I mean it was a period film. It dealt with the '70s up until the present day. It was about kind of mutant gangs and the notion of what it means to belong, tribalism in this bayou-like environment," he added, "The swamps of New Orleans. So it would’ve been a lot of fun. I know Channing sort of worked on the script to make it into more of a romantic comedy, I think. Which I read and it was great, it was very different to what I was involved in."
Fox never moved forward after a few directorial switch-ups that also saw Doug Liman enter and leave the project. While Tatum himself even expressing interest in directing, the future of the project, and the of Fox's in-development Marvel movies, is unknown, since Marvel Studios will likely steer the X-Men's cinematic future, and fans have been left wondering if there could be a place for the card-dealing, explosion-causing Cajun in the MCU.
Wyatt's next film, Captive State stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors, Alan Ruck, Kevin Dunn, Machine Gun Kelly and Colson Baker. It is set to arrive in theaters on March 29, 2019.