X-MEN Spin-Off GAMBIT Gets ROBOCOP Screenwriter


20th Century Fox has hired RoboCop co-writer Josh Zetumer to write the script for the X-Men spin-off that has Channing Tatum as the card-savvy mutant Gambit.

We’ve learned that Zetumer’s screenplay will be based on a treatment from Chris Claremont, co-creator of the character and the Marvel comic scribe responsible for some of the most famous stories from the X-Men universe.

Claremont created the cool character – real name Remy LaBeau – alongside Jim Lee back in 1990. The New Orleans native mutant quickly became a fan favorite due to his power to control kinetic energy manipulation abilities, with a propensity for card throwing and penchant for stealing.

The character’s only big screen appearance to date was in the ill-conceived X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch.

The plot is being kept under wraps for the time being. Anyway, the film is expected to follow the character’s debut in the Days of Future Past follow-up,  and hit theaters in 2017. Director Bryan Singer previously spoke to Mexican film site Cine Premiere,

“I’m considering Gambit and potentially a young Nightcrawler for Apocalypse… I was going to have Nightcrawler [in X-Men: Days of Future Past] and even wrote a scene, but I felt that we were forcing too many mutants into the story.”

Maybe we could see an early cameo from Tatum’s Gambit in the X-Men: Apocalypse (set to be released on May 27, 2016)  post credits scene.

I have heard Channing Tatum is really great in Foxcatcher and is actually getting better now, but I don’t currently see him as Gambit. And I’m not the marvelites. And I also know that Fox would never give the X-Men to Disney. Put simply, I think Tatum looks ridiculous with long hair.


Source: Deadline