With 20th Century Fox’s Gambit movie having been spinning its wheels in development hell for years now, there may still be life in the picture just yet.
Via Deadline, it’s been reported that star Channing Tatum may actually end up directing Gambit for Fox. This news comes as the outlet reported that Tatum has split from his reps at UTA and Management 360.
If you remember, Gambit was initially to be directed by Rupert Wyatt, then Doug Liman, and then finally Gore Verbinski. All three ending up departing the project over certain creative issues, and now this latest rumbling suggests that Tatum himself could make his directing debut with the movie.
One slight issue with all of this is Disney’s impending purchase of Fox. That merger is due to be finalised this March, with Gambit one of the pictures that could be shelved altogether once that deal is completed. Dependant on how Disney plan to integrate the X-Men and Fantastic Four in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in-development efforts such as Gambit, Noah Hawley’s Dr. Doom and Drew Goddard’s X-Force may end up not actually happening.
As ever, expect more on Gambit (and said other projects) if and when they continue to develop further.