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Kinberg Describes "Gambit" as "a Heist Movie & a Sexy Thriller"

"Gambit" producer Simon Kinberg discussed the upcoming film and how it fits into the larger "X-Men" film universe during an interview with Collider.

"I mean 'Deadpool' obviously has a very different, almost antithetical tone to the mainline X-Men movies," Kinberg explained. "The 'X-Men' movies are dramatic and almost operatic, whereas 'Deadpool' is irreverent and hysterical and sort of a dirty R-rated comedy in many ways. And 'Gambit' will have its own different flavor and tone to it, will be more of like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way."

Additionally, he revealed that a director is currently in talks for the film. "We have a director in and I don't know if I'm allowed to say who it is yet because his deal isn't done, but it's somebody we're excited about, and somebody I adore, and hopefully we can make an announcement soon about that," he added. "We hope to start shooting next spring."

Originally, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Rupert Wyatt was slated to direct "Gambit" but departed the project due to conflicts with another project. Though star Channing Tatum was also rumored to drop the film, he eventually stayed on and closed a deal with Fox.

Tatum has already begun promoting "Gambit," appearing as part of 20th Century Fox's Hall H presentation last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. He's made his enthusiasm for the Marvel character clear over the years, even before he was officially attached to the role. He's set to produce "Gambit" along with his production partner Reid Carolin, and X-Men film franchise veteran Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Starring Tatum and written by Josh Zetumer (from a treatment by Gambit co-creator and X-Men writing legend Chris Claremont), "Gambit" was originally scheduled for release on Oct. 7, 2016.

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