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CBMB: Fox Sets the Future of its X-Men Films…For Now

By Muuka Muyumba

Don’t call a retooling but Fox announced that it has removed Channing Tatum’s Gambit from it 2016 slate of films. They did not announced a rescheduling.

However, Fox did place new Marvel projects on its calendar firmly for October 6, 2017, and January 12, 2018. If you recall, Fox has done this before like when it set Gambit for its original release on October 6, 2016. Then, Gambit couldn’t find a director, revealed that the budget was going to be around $150 million, and finally Deadpool happened.

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Of all the Fox/Marvel properties, Deadpool was supposed to be the one that was the riskiest move, not just of the current Fox slate but also, maybe, in the history of superhero films. Deadpool had a ‘modest’ $58 million budget with a star waning in popularity, as well as a little comic character who had flipped in his last incarnation on screen.

Today, Deadpool is behind only X-Men: Days of Future Past in terms of worldwide box office for the top earning Fox/Marvel property. Deadpool is also going into its third week as the #1 film around the world. And Fox could reap a return on this film that is already 10-fold on its investment.

So, if I’m a Fox executive looking at Gambit‘s massive budget, that would give me great reason to restart, if at least pause this production to see whether they could catch lightning in a bottle again.

Currently, the production includes the aforementioned Tatum as star and producer, Doug Liman as director, Lea Seydoux as the love interest, and a script from Joshua Zetumer. So with this shift, it is very possible that they lose the highly sought-after Limon at this point, or the high-in-demand  actor Seydoux.

Although Gambit may be in flux, one thing is for certain: Deadpool 2 is definitely the January 2018 film. However, the bigger storyline is that 2016 lost one of those sterling gems that was making up this great year of heroic films.