With the recent success of Deadpool and the upcoming release of X-Men: Apocalypse, a lot may be riding on the X-Men movie universe for 20th Century Fox. While the studio has had a string of X-Men related hits since X-Men: First Class revamped the franchise, there are hints of trouble on the horizon.
The first sign of trouble comes from critical reaction to X-Men: Apocalypse, which so far has been largely mixed. Beyond that, however, is the Gambit movie that has been in the works for some time now. The film has seen a number of setbacks ranging from losing its director to delays in production, but producer Simon Kinberg is optimistic that the delays will lead to a stronger movie in the end.
Speaking to Flickering Myth, Kinberg explained that some of the delays came from a desire to polish the script, which was not quite up to the creative team’s standards:
“We’ve got to get the script right. We just didn’t get the script to the place where we all thought the movie deserved. So we’re still working on the script. We’re very close, actually, to being done with the script. And the hope is that Channing [Tatum] has a couple of movies he has to shoot, but that we would shoot at the end of this year, or the beginning of next year.”
Kinberg went on to say that the revised script is looking much better, though, and that the improvement was due at least in part to lessons learned from Deadpool:
“It’s looking really good. I’m not going to say anything about it content-wise. I think one of the things that I’ve learnt on all these movies – and maybe the lesson was best learned for me on Deadpool – is the most important thing is getting the tone and the voice right. That the storytelling, the actual narrative, the plots are sort of interchangeable and disposable, ultimately.”
Ultimately the secret to Deadpool‘s success was that it was true to its source material, a sentiment shared by 20th Century Fox’s rivals over at Marvel Studios. Gambit is a unique character within the X-Men universe, and Kinberg says that much of the focus has been in making sure that the movie’s tone matches his personality:
“If I ask you what your favorite movies are, you’re not going to tell me about the plot. You’re going to tell me you love this character. And so what we’ve really tried to do with Gambit is make sure that we get the voice of that character right and the tone of the comics 100% on the page. It’s a very unique tone. It’s unique from Deadpool, it’s unique from the X-Men. It’s a heist movie that we’ve never done in these kinds of films before. He’s a con-man. And so that’s really where we’ve spent our time.”
In the end, Kinberg frames the Gambit delays not as a failure, but as a necessary step for making sure that they make the best movie possible. While their initial target to start shooting has come and gone, the hope is that the end result is another hit for 20th Century Fox:
“There was a moment when we were going to shoot the movie at the beginning of this year, and then we felt like it just wasn’t ready. Knowing, hoping, that Gambit is like what Deadpool was – the start of a new franchise within the X-Men universe – we want to make sure we get it right.”
Whether the script rewrites and production delays actually lead to a stronger movie remains to be seen. Typically such moves do not bode well for a movie’s future, but if Kinberg and company are indeed applying lessons learned from Deadpool – which was stuck in development for many years – then there might be hope yet for Gambit’s solo debut.
X-Men: Apocalypse will open in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13, 2018 (possibly The New Mutants).
Source: Flickering Myth