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The Gambit Movie Delays Might Have Been a Good Thing, Thanks to Logan and Deadpool

With Gambit conspicuously missing from the X-Men movies, we’ve been eagerly following the story of a solo movie that would finally bring the character to the big screen—for more than three years to no avail, which has often left us wondering if we’re ever going to see it at all. Well rest assured, mon ami; Channing Tatum says that not only is the movie still in the works, but the delays might have been to its benefit.

That’s always the outcome you hope for when a project is in “development hell,” as conditions change and everyone tries to get things just right, but it’s still nice to have Tatum confirm it in this case. In an interview with Hey U Guys, he explained that recent comic book adaptations that stepped outside of what we normally see will help their case to do something unique and worthwhile with the gambit movie:

“[W]e got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason. We were trying to do something completely different. We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn’t seen before. We kept running into the same problems, and then Deadpool and Logan came through and kicked the doors down. Now we’re really getting to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do with the script—we’ve just sort of started over.”

I can only imagine that “things we’ve always wanted to do with the script” means they’re just adding lots of dancing now, right?

Anyway, superhero and/or comic book movies have hardly all been the same, but deviations from the norm haven’t always been met with the kind of success achieved by Deadpool and Logan. While starting from scratch probably means that a release is still pretty far off on the horizon, I’m more than happy to wait as long as the movie follows in those footsteps.

(via Hey U Guys, image: Marvel Comics/edits)

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