Once upon a time director Super Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) was set to helm Gambit over at 20th Century Fox. Whilst the movie remains in development hell Wyatt moved on some time ago but now he has broken his silence on what happened behind-the-scenes.
Sitting down with The Beat, Wyatt touched on his development process for the movie but also the reasons behind why it was shelved.
“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.”
He goes on to comment that he believes Tatum and his producing partner are still working tirelessly to bring the film to live.
“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.”
Do you believe Gambit will ever see the light of day?