Twentieth Century Fox has been having plenty of reasons to celebrate their beloved X-Men franchise. With the success of Deadpool, Logan and new television series Legion all having had major success amongst fans, critics and the box office, their X-Men properties seem to be in a good place especially after X-men Apocalypse failed to dazzle fans like they had hoped it would. Their is also another X-Men television series in the works entitled Gifted so the studio is definitely hard at work pushing more projects to the forefront. But one project that Fox can’t seem to get off the ground is their solo Gambit film starring Channing Tatum.
For the past two years, Channing Tatum has been attached to star as our favorite Cajun thief Remy LeBeau. Tatum has been hard at work keeping fans anxious on social media about how excited he is to play Remy and he’s even been taking language courses to perfect his Creole accent. The anticipation began to build even more once famed Director Doug Liman was attached to helm the entire project based on a script written by Reid Carolin. Liman has directed successful films such as The Jason Bourne Franchise, Edge Of Tomorrow and Mr. and Mrs Smith. His unique way of storytelling assured fans that even if we didn’t necessarily want a Gambit film it would be highly enjoyable with him in the director’s chair.
Unfortunately, last August Liman stepped down as director putting the project back in Limbo. During a recent interview with We Got This Covered to promote his new film The Wall, Liman explained why he left the film:
“I look for a personal connection to the movies I make and it may not be immediately obvious. You know, like what’s my connection to Jason Bourne? I have a deeply personal connection to that movie because it’s all about Iran-Contra and my father ran the investigations into Iran-Contra. In every story I have a personal connection. The Wall, you’d be like what could this filmmaker from New York possibly have in common with these two soldiers pinned down in Iraq? But The Wall is really about perseverance. It’s about picking yourself up and your just keep going and that’s something I have firsthand experience with. Not in war but in other aspects of life. With Gambit, I just never found that personal way in. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Based on past success, Fox seems to have more luck with their solo X-Men properties rather than their ensemble films. Perhaps this is a sign that the Gambit movie needs to be scrapped altogether. We will never know what a Liman-directed Gambit film would look like, but at least we can look forward to the highly anticipated sequel to Edge Of Tomorrow that has been officially titled Live Die Repeat And Repeat. When it’s all said and done, you have to respect a man like Doug Liman for following his heart. What do you guys think of his decision to leave the film? What should Fox do with their Gambit property now? Let us know in the comments below.