‘X-Men’ Gambit Spinoff with Channing Tatum Hires the Writer of the ‘RoboCop’ Remake
We've known for some time that Channing Tatum has been confirmed to appear as Gambit in an upcoming 'X-Men' spinoff film, although how that film will (eventually?) connect to the current films is unclear. Today brings some further motion, as the film is most definitely moving forward, picking up screenwriter Josh Zetumer, who penned the 'RoboCop' remake. We've also learned some potentially good news: Zetumer's script will be based on a treatment by original 'X-Men' comics writer and Gambit co-creator Chris Claremont.
Okay, so it maybe depends on how you felt about that 'RoboCop' reboot, which definitely had some good things going for it, but Deadline's report is a bit promising regardless. Zetumer has been hired to pen the script for the 'Gambit' spinoff film, which is probably the more divisive news here, but the bit of news that we can all agree is optimistic is that his script is based on a treatment by Claremont. Claremont was an original writer for the 'X-Men' comics and co-created the Gambit character, so he's very familiar with the guy -- so no, we won't be getting anything like what we saw in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.'
Also reported is that Tatum is now more officially in place to star, and will be producing alongside his partner Reid Carolin. Carolin and Tatum also co-wrote and are co-producing 'Magic Mike XXL.'
Right now it's not clear how or if Gambit will eventually be integrated into later 'X-Men' films, though it seems like he could be. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' is set to be released on May 27, 2016, while the 'Gambit' film has no release date.