Over the past week, we’ve received a deluge of comic book-based movies news. We now know we’ve got several superhero films coming from both Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment/Warner Brothers in the next five to six years, not to mention from Fox and Sony (which resulted in several cool infographics like this one, detailing what the next five to six years of our nerd lives are going to look like).
Well, we now officially have one more film to add to that list: Channing Tatum’s Gambit spinoff looks to be moving forward, and Fox has hired Robocop screenwriter Josh Zetumer to write the script based on a treatment from legendary X-Men comic book writer Chris Claremont. (Claremont created Remy LeBeau in the pages of Uncanny X-Men way back in 1990.) The original plan was for Tatum’s Gambit to make an appearance in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016 before getting his own movie, but that may or may not still be the plan.
It’s nice to see Fox including the character’s creator in the creative process. Fox has definitely taken a turn in their approach to the X-Men properties since X-Men: First Class, and the days when the studio wouldn’t allow “comic booky” things like Sentinels in their X-Men movies seems like a distant memory now. Hopefully Tatum’s Gambit will wash out the bitter memories we all have of how lame the character was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which has now been (thankfully) Days of Future Past-ed into the continuity trash bin.