With X-Men: Days of Future Past entering its third weekend in theaters worldwide, after having already broke the franchise’s box office record – earning $500 million in its first nine days – buzz is as high as ever for the mutant superhero franchise and its future. Twentieth Century Fox, banking heavily on the financial and critical success of the latest X-Men team-up, had already planned a followup for 2016 (X-Men: Apocalypse) as well as another Wolverine movie the following year – but that’s not all the producers are planning.
In addition to having a screenplay ready to go for a long-in-development Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Tim Miller, and a script in the works by Jeff Wadlow for an X-Force movie, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been in talks with Channing Tatum about bringing him into the franchise as a key player down the road – to star in his own Gambit movie and eventually join the superhero team as well.
For Tatum, he’s hoping for a solo standalone origins movie first, to flesh out the questionable history of the thief Remy LeBeau, before he turns a leaf and becomes a big part of the X-Men.
It’s just talks at this stage, and while the producers have essentially confirmed Tatum’s involvement, nothing is signed just yet. Our own Kofi Outlaw chatted with Channing Tatum earlier today for 22 Jump Street and brought up Singer’s desire to include Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse.
“I would do anything to be in those movies. I mean, I love the Marvel world and what they’ve created as a real brand and they’ve sort of changed the face of the industry. I would be in anything they put up, especially Gambit.”
In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we met a young Remy LeBeau (played by Taylor Kitsch) who existed outside of the X-Men team and rocked a long leather jacket, a purple vest and a bowler hat. He had his staff to use as a weapon and his introductory scene involved his trademark throwing cards, but we can expect to get a little more as the character is re-introduced in future films.
‘He’s kind of really known for having this headpiece that you gotta figure out,” says Tatum when asked about the costume he might eventually sport, building off of Jonah Hill’s mention of the leather jacket. Tatum warns that you can’t just introduce him in his full costume from the books as that wouldn’t quite make sense. “It’s gonna be a slow figuring out of the design,” he warns of the planning of his outfits:
“You kind of have to slowly massage it into a world you believe and that is honest to what the actual property and what the history of the character was… People know and love this character so you have to be honest to what it was in the comics, and you also have to give them something they believe and that they’re not expecting. And so, it’s a really delicate line to walk on and we’re just going to take our time and figure it out.”
At the moment, no Gambit movie has been scheduled or even announced, the same story for Deadpool, X-Force and Mystique – all of which have been a talking point from the franchise producers and writers. There is however, an unannounced X-Men project coming in 2018, two years after X-Men: Apocalypse (which of course is two years after Days of Future Past) and producer Donner did tease a “secret” project she was excited to talk more about in the future while promoting this year’s X-Men installment.
If Tatum gets his way and has a solo effort first as the Ragin’ Cajun, it could be a few years down the road, possibly 2018 at the earliest unless the studio adds to its schedule and aims for two X-movies per year. With how the story of X-Men: Days of Future Past concluded, there are endless possibilities for future installments, in various time periods or with various teams. Would you like to see Gambit get his own movie before joining the X-Men? What costume should he wear as a thief, before joining the team?
X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in theaters worldwide. Fantastic Four releases June 19th, 2015, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on July 14th, 2017, and an unspecified Marvel film on July 13th, 2018.
22 Jump Street will be in theaters on June 13, 2014.
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