RUMOR: GAMBIT (And Other X-MEN Films) Are ‘Officially Dead’
The Thing That Will Not Die seems to finally be dead. Actually a number of previously X-Men films announced by 20th Century Fox are apparently dead. However, if you’ve read other articles I’ve written over the past year here at RTF, you might remember that I have been rather skeptical about one particular X-Men spinoff film that kept coming up in the news: the Channing Tatum-led Gambit.
During the second half of 2018, longtime X-Men screenwriter, producer Simon Kinberg tried on more than one occasion to argue that Gambit was still a film that would see the light of day.
Based on new information from SuperBroMovies reporter Daniel Richtman, that is no longer the case.
“Not a huge surprise but from what I hear Gambit and Dr. Doom are officially dead.
As for X-Force, it’s not “Officially” dead, but they only have two months to start filming it and that’s not gonna happen. So… not happening, not with Fox anyway.
New Mutants will be the last X-Men Universe movie for Fox and Dark Phoenix the last one coming from the main series.
Silver Surfer, Kitty Pryde and Multiple Man are also dead…“
While I have been a bit critical in the past, I do feel sorry for whoever may have been working on these films over at Fox. There’s absolutely potential in these projects and I know that there are a number of comic book movie fans that appreciated the different vibe that people at Fox gave the X-Men films compared to how Kevin Feige and the rest at Marvel Studios handle things over at the MCU.
With a bit of luck, maybe audiences will at least get to see X-Force continue work over at Marvel Studios once the transition over into the MCU is completed.
One person who doesn’t seem to feel too confident about that at the moment is Deadpool creator Robert Liefeld. When this tweet went out, he replied with one of his own that read, “Pour one out for ol’ X-Force. Victim of the merger. $800 million grosser easy.” Later on in the weekend, he sounded a little more optimistic when he tweeted, “Time ran out on the pre-Disney clock. Hopefully a re-set and a re- visit! X-FORCE FOREVER!!”
Liefeld voiced this uncertainty despite Disney honcho Bob Iger stating in the past that the Deadpool films are a safe bet to continue- and that he’d continue on as an R-rated property. Is it possible Liefeld is just responding emotionally to this rumor, or does he know something we don’t? I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.
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