After trudging along slowly for years, suddenly ‘Gambit’ is barreling toward production, under the working title ‘Chess’, with Gore Verbinski (‘The Lone Ranger’, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise) signed on to direct and a screenplay by Reid Carolin (‘Magic Mike’, ‘Magic Mike XXL’) and Joshua Zetumer (‘Patriots Day’, the ‘RoboCop’ reboot). In August, star and producer Channing Tatum stated that previous plans for ‘Gambit’ were being retooled from scratch, following the successes of the R-rated ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’. And last week, a possible plot summary was released including the fact that Mister Sinister would be the film’s main villain… and that he would go on to appear in additional films.
Just a refresher, this was the rumored plot:
“Gambit is hired to do a job in Paris in which he has to steal something from the Louvre Museum. His mysterious employer is revealed to be Nathaniel Essex a.k.a. Mr. Sinister. He offers Gambit 40 million to recover a mysterious trunk that was stolen by the Boudreaux clan. It will be auctioned off during the yearly Thieves Ball where all the criminal organizations in the world meet up. It uses New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebrations as a cover. Gambit decides to enlist a crew of mutants to pull off this seemingly impossible heist…”
Now it would seem that Christopher M of Omega Underground, who has scored some accurate scoops regarding superhero films, has heard something that reinforces this:
So everyone doesn’t freak out… GAMBIT is a crime/heist film, be prepared. I’m sure everyone will still freak out about it.
— Christopher M (@_ChristopherM) October 13, 2017
In the comics, Gambit (Remy LeBeau) was raised by the Thieves Guild who lived at odds with the Assassins Guild in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was during one of his capers that he first encountered Storm of the X-Men, who had herself lived as a successful thief and pickpocket in Africa after being orphaned. Despite his joining the X-Men and acting as one of the good guys ever since his shady past often comes back to haunt him and he is sometimes forced to tap into the man he once was to get messier jobs done.
Since Gambit has never joined the movie ‘X-Men’, the film takes place during his thief days and it sounds like 20th Century Fox isn’t afraid of embracing his darker side. But keep in mind, most of the creators behind the movie have worked in the genres of action with a heavy dose of comedy, so expect the charming Cajun’s lighter side to shine as well.
Are you happy that ‘Gambit’ will be a heist flick crossed with a superhero adventure?
‘Gambit’ is now slated to open February 14, 2019.
Source: Christopher M