Gambit origin story

Channing Tatum is going to create a new portrayal of the mutant Gambit for a film centering on the character, with a chance that we’ll see the guy in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse when that film opens in May 2016. We figure this version will pretty much wipe out the one played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, just as Ryan Reynolds’ new version of Deadpool blows away his first turn at the merc in Origins.

Whether or not Gambit pops up in Apocalypse, we now know that the solo film will be some version of a Gambit origin story, as revealed by Channing Tatum. Read More »

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Gambit movie writer

The Gambit movie just took a big step forward. We know that Channing Tatum is set to play the character in a film from Fox that will likely connect to the existing X-Men franchise. And now the film has a screenwriter: Josh Zetumer (the RoboCop reboot) will script. But the interesting bit for long-time comic book fans is that Zetumer’s script will be based on a treatment from one of the most significant X-Men comic book writers and the character’s co-creator, Chris Claremont. Read More »

Josh Zetumer Hired to Script ‘RoboCop’ Reboot

And the RoboCop reboot takes one more ED-209 sized step forward. MGM has hired Josh Zetumer to write the new version of the film that Elite Squad director Jose Padilha will helm for the studio. Read More »

Olivia Thirlby

“What happened to Olivia Thirlby?” I asked this very question to a friend a couple weeks back, while riding the tube in London. The actress broke onto the scene with a small role in the Paul Greengrass-directed Oscar-nominated United 93, and proceeded to go on a tear, starring in some of my favorite indie films of 2007/2008: David Gordon Green’s underrated adaptation of Snow Angels, Jason Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film Juno, and Jonathan Levine’s The Wackness. She has since made appearances in a few New York City-short films, including Brett Ratner’s segment of New York, I Love You, Daryl Wein’s SXSW mumblecore romantic comedy Breaking Upwards, and John Hindman’s The Answer Man.

Many people I’ve talked to believed this now-23-year-old actress had the potential to be Hollywood’s next big thing (and I too was on the bandwagon). And not for a lack of trying, Thirlby was called in to audition for a role in George Miller’s scrapped Justice League movie and the role of Trixie in The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer. But she seems to have disappeared from the indie spotlight as of late.

Good news: Thirlby has landed a role in a big budget film produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted/Nightwatch). The science fiction action story follows a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs.

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A fourth film in the Jason Bourne series is still in active development, despite recent speculation otherwise. Last week Matt Damon told Entertainment Weekly that they don’t yet “have a story and we don’t have a script.” Universal has apparently moved on and hired another screenwriter Josh Zetumer to write what is being described as “a parallel script.”

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