20th Century Fox has been toying with the idea of making a movie focusing on Gambit for some time, but it has never come to fruition. Various writers have been assigned to the screenplay, including the long-term X-Men scribe, Chris Claremont. A feature directed by Gore Verbinski was scheduled to be released in 2020, but this was scrapped. According to bizarre rumors, the studio was considering making it a romantic comedy. The thing is, Gambit is such a cool and interesting character, and if a film was released focusing on his strengths, it could revive the X-Men franchise.
Gambit Has Only Briefly Been in Film
Fans of the X-Men comics feel that Gambit has been done a serious injustice due to his lack of screen time in major films. The character was one of the main protagonists of the popular animated X-Men series in the 1990s, and has also featured in a vast number of Marvel comics since his first appearance in Uncanny X-Men Annual 14 in 1990.
Gambit’s only appearance in a Hollywood blockbuster was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the 2009 picture from Gavin Hood, Taylor Kitsch played the character of Remy LeBeau, also known as Gambit. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine first encounters him playing poker in a casino in New Orleans.
LeBeau goes on to have an epic fight with the invincible hero and then helps him out in a few later scenes. But for a character of Gambit’s magnitude, viewers felt short-changed. Kitsch’s performance as the powerful mutant was lauded, and it was originally expected that he would star in an origin story of the character. However, the studio decided to scrap the idea of creating films centered on individual X-Men, and decided to continue making offerings in the Wolverine series.
His Card Skills Would Appeal to a Poker Crowd
Gambit and a few other Marvel characters including Wolverine and The Thing have been known to play poker from time to time. If the screenwriters were to add more about this side to Gambit’s talents, it could bring in a whole demographic who may not have previously been interested in watching a superhero film.
Texas Hold’em is played the world over now, and it translates to the cinema screen extremely well. It has been seen in films like John Dahl’s Rounders and Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale, and the fact that the rules are easy to follow makes it thrilling viewing. Online poker games are easily accessible, and people who play cash games and tournaments are likely to be generally interested in this area and search for ways to watch the hands play out in other media, while the film could also do the inverse and attract more people to this area.
The fact that a Gambit film has been discussed in detail and has been through various stages over the last decade suggests that a feature film centered on the character could be close. The developers would be wise to delve into his poker playing escapades in order to add to the excitement. This would also make the movie accessible to a greater number of viewers.
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