You could see how badly Channing Tatum wanted to play Gambit back when he first started talking about wanting the role. Now that he’s got the studio behind him and a script in hand, you’d think the production would be moving forward faster than a humming-bird flaps its wings. You’d be wrong. It seems that Tatum and the studio can’t lock down a director.
Fox is working hard on all their Marvel properties, with Bryan Singer cranking out X-Men: Apocalypse and Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds doing wonderful looking things with Deadpool, but when it comes to Tatum’s Gambit, there’s a fly in the ointment, the production has had four directors turn down the opportunity.
Back in April it was reported that Bennett Miller (Moneyball), who worked with Tatum on Foxcatcher was offered the director’s seat, but turned it down. Next up was Darren Aronofsky (Noah, The Wrestler) who also passed. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, there’s all kinds of reasons someone might turn down a project, scheduling, interest, or personal issues. So having two directors pass on a project isn’t very troubling in itself.
The troubling part comes when one considers the October 2016 release date because that means the production should start principal photography later this fall. There’s no script issue, Josh Zetumer (RoboCop) has already turned in his script that the studio, and Tatum like. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for a director to get his teeth into the project before shooting begins.
So we’re up to two directors passing, the next two, according to Meet the Movie Press Podcast were Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All is Lost). You’ve got to hand it to Tatum and Fox, they are going after some damn fine directors that keep turning them down.
Tatum has promised that Gambit will be different and unique among Super hero movies and if they land a director with the level of talent they seem to be searching for, we very well could get something to see. On the flip side of that coin, I am beginning to wonder if what we’ll end up getting is rushed and disjointed.
Who do you think should sit in Gambit’s director chair?
Via: Screen Rant