gambit movie details

After a rocky few months, it looks like 20th Century Fox’s Gambit movie is finally starting to find its footing. Doug Liman is in negotiations to direct (replacing Rupert Wyatt), Channing Tatum is still locked in to play the kinetically charged mutant superhero, and producer Simon Kinberg is saying the right things in interviews.

According to Kinberg, who is the godfather of sorts to the entire X-Men movie franchise at this point, Gambit will be a “heist movie” and a “sexy thriller” that will stand alone from the rest of Fox’s superhero movies. The heist movie aspect isn’t surprising given the character of Gambit’s penchant for thievery. The sexy thriller part of the equation makes sense because there is no way Channing Tatum doesn’t spend great swaths of this movie shirtless and showing off his disconcertingly attractive body.

The full sexy, heist-y Gambit movie details can be found after the jump.

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gambit director

The development of Gambit has been something of a roller coaster. First, the film struggled for months to find a director as every A-list filmmaker turned down the job. Then, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt took the gig, only to drop out shortly thereafter. And producer and star Channing Tatum threatened to quit and then he was back on board. It has not been an easy road for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off, which was last seen quietly begging a new group of directors to please, for the love of God, sign on and make this movie happen, pretty please.

And lo and behold, one of those directors has apparently taken the gig. Doug Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, has taken the gig. Hopefully, whatever scared everyone else away won’t affect Liman, who has a reputation for having stood firm through his fair share of troubled productions.

Hit the jump for more news on the new Gambit director.

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gambit directors

We don’t want to run around yelling things like “There’s something wrong with Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie!” because we don’t have a mutant power that lets us see behind the scenes of major film productions. However, based purely on everything that has been going on with this movie in public, it certainly seem like there’s something wrong with Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie. After all, it took months of searching (and a whole bunch of refusals) to land director Rupert Wyatt, who promptly dropped out of the project a few weeks ago.

Now, production on the X-Men spin-off has supposedly been delayed as the hunt for a director continues. Now, three new filmmakers are supposedly r in contention for the job. Like so many of the others who have passed on the film, they are one varied bunch: Doug Liman, Shane Black, and Joe Cornish.

Let’s dive into the potential Gambit directors after the jump.

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Doug Liman directing Jumper

Having lost Rupert Wyatt to creative differences and/or scheduling conflicts last month, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit has been on the hunt for a new director. And now, thankfully, it seems to be zeroing in on a good one.

Rumor has it Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman is wanted for Gambit, which will star Channing Tatum as the eponymous superhero. More on the Gambit Doug Liman rumor after the jump.

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Hail Caesar trailer

As if we didn’t have enough movies to look forward to between now and the end of this year, it’s already time to start looking ahead to next year. Working Title has just dropped the first trailer for Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s not-quite-musical farce set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Josh Brolin plays studio fixer Eddie Manix, whose crazy day gets a whole lot crazier when a movie star (played by George Clooney) gets abducted. The all-star cast also includes Ralph FiennesScarlett JohanssonTilda SwintonAlden Ehrenreich, and Frances McDormand. Watch the Hail Caesar trailer after the jump. Read More »

Haywire - Gina Carano

Another Stephen Soderbergh film may make its way to the small-screen. The 2011 action movie Haywire was a very modest box-office hit, and proved that MMA fighter Gina Carano has real screen presence, given the right circumstances, of course. Will she return to play Mallory Kane in the television series? Little is known about the project at this point, but it’s an exciting prospect, to say the least. Read more about the potential Haywire show after the jump.

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Who else has attempted to ride a steam-powered “rocket cycle” across a mile-wide canyon? And who cares if he made it? Knievel’s failures did as much myth-building as his successes. He was also a jerk who let his appetites run away with him. He cheated on his wife more times than anyone can count, and attacked his former promoter with a baseball bat, effectively braining his own career in the process.

Channing Tatum is obsessed with Evel Knievel, and he and his creative partner Reid Carolin are producing a biopic about the late stuntman which Tatum may star in as well. Now the film is reportedly courting a new director, who might be perfect for Knievel’s story of obsession and mental and physical intensity: Darren Aronofsky. Read More »

Gambit shortlist

I know, the shortlist story is a terrible trend, but it’s good to know that we’re not the only ones who saw Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and hoped she would immediately show up in other films.

Now there’s a shortlist of women who are reportedly the top contenders for the lead female role in Gambit. All three are said to be testing soon, all three have significant roles in major 2015 action films, and all are fairly different from one another. Ferguson is right there at the top of the list. And she isn’t the only Mission: Impossible veteran on the list, either! Read More »