Rupert Wyatt to Direct Fox’s Gambit Solo Film
Channing Tatum was going after some solid names to direct the solo Gambit film and it seems Fox has settled on Rupert Wyatt:
Rupert Wyatt, who directed The Gambler and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, will helm Gambit with Channing Tatum aboard to star. The X-Men movie spinoff from Fox has Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer writing. The studio attached Tatum to star and to produce last October with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, The Donners Company’s Lauren Shuler Donner, and Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg. The project is expected to roll before before the cameras in October.[/quote]
I'm trying to give this movie the benefit of the doubt. Tatum is very passionate about this film and while I'm not sold on his acting and ability to play Remy Lebeau, I believe passion is a key part of pulling off a comic book movie role. I also think the director is going to play a big role in this as well. Personally I was hoping for Bennett Miller since he directed Tatum in Foxcatcher and I heard that Tatum actually had a solid performance. Wyatt directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and that movie had some wonderful performances in it. So the key to me is that Wyatt can do the same for Tatum. I also hope they build up a solid cast around him along with a well thought out script. As popular as Gambit is, story-wise, he's a hard character to mess up. Fox could easily turn this into a heist movie and focus more on the Thieves Guild and give themselves some freedom to really play with the character.
I'm trying to give Fox an opportunity with their non-Bryan Singer films. I think they've put together some solid teams and casts for their non-Singer projects and I want to give them a chance. Right now we don't know much about this Gambit solo film but with it entering production in the Fall we should be getting more info soon.