GAMBIT Was Shelved Due To The Commercial Failure Of FANTASTIC FOUR, According To Director Rupert Wyatt
Rupert Wyatt, who was once attached to direct Gambit, revealed budget issues stemming from the box office failure of Josh Trank's Fantastic Four caused Fox to pull the plug on the X-Men project.
Speaking to The Beat, Rupert Wyatt, who was once attached to direct the film starring Channing Tatum, revealed that it simply came down to a lack of budget. Wyatt explained that the commercial failure of Josh Trank's Fantastic Four caused the budget of Gambit to be slashed nearly 10 weeks before production was slated to begin. While Wyatt was open to rewriting the script for the newly proposed budget, Fox opted not to proceed.
“I was very close with Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin, and I was on the script with him and Josh Zetumer as a writer. We were close, I believe 10 weeks away. It simply came down to budget. There was not enough. You know all too well about the politics of the business. Fantastic Four had been released by Fox a month before and had not gone well for them, so our budget was slashed quite considerably. The inevitable, from my perspective, was, ‘Well then we need to rewrite the script to tailor to our budget,’ but we were too close to a start date for Fox to really want to go there, so, unfortunately, it just didn’t work out.”
While Gambit never took off under the Fox umbrella, Wyatt is hoping the film still gets made by the House of Mouse.
"All I know is Channing had a really, really wonderful idea for what that film could and should be,” Wyatt added. “I know he and Reid are still plugging away at it, so I hope in the new Disney era, that then they get to make it.”
Disney has yet to reveal its movie plans for the X-Men franchise. The deal to acquire the 20th Century Fox film and TV studios is expected to be completed soon, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Meanwhile, Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants will be the last two X-Men movies released by Fox.
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