Following a whole lot of excruciating back and forth, we now know that Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin’s proposed Gambit movie is never going to happen. Thanks to this final decision, several details are now being brought to light, with Carolin revealing to The Playlist that the Gambit movie would have been akin to “mutant Goodfellas.”
“We made this world in New Orleans that was a city of mutants that didn’t care about saving the world. They went there so they could use their powers to party and hook up, and their hands could fry the grease at McDonald’s and whatever else and the hardest thing for them to do was to fall in love because they could read each other’s minds, or when they got into a fight, they could turn a table into a grenade and send their partner to the hospital or whatever. So, it was all this kind of low-level mutant fights and disagreements, and we sit in this world of the Mafia—almost kind of like a mutant Goodfellas in New Orleans.”
The more that is being revealed about the Gambit movie, the more interesting it sounds. Rather than finding the beloved mutant tackling world-ending threats, the Channing Tatum-led story would have made things a lot more street-level. According to Carolin, rather than battling Thanos types, Gambit would have instead dealt with a small pocket of struggling super-powered beings, each of whom just wants to fall in love amid crime-ridden surroundings. The gangster classic Goodfellas is surely not exactly what people would have considered when thinking of a potential Gambit adventure.
Aside from these surprisingly unusual details, Carolin revealed how close they came to making Gambit. Evidently, it was extremely close, indeed. “We were right on the one-yard line,” Carolin said. “We had cast the film. We’d opened up a production office. We were on our way to shoot in New Orleans.”
Alongside Goodfellas, Gambit Would Have Been a Romantic Comedy in the Style of Deadpool
Reid Carolin, who had hoped to sit in the director’s chair for Gambit, has also since described the idea for the movie as resembling the tone of Deadpool. The film would have been R-rated and centered on a rom-com style relationship for Remy LeBeau. “We wanted to make a romantic comedy superhero movie,” Carolin said. “The thesis was the only thing harder than saving the world is making a relationship work.” So, try and imagine something somewhere in between Deadpool, Goodfellas, and romantic comedies. Difficult to imagine, and sadly something that will never be seen.
With the standalone outing now definitively scrapped, the plans for Gambit are currently unknown. Thanks to the merger of 20th Century Fox and Disney/Marvel Studios, The X-Men are expected to be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point in the near future. While details of their arrival in the MCU remains a mystery, rumors and theories have claimed that the newly emerging multiverse will be used to introduce the concept of mutants, with some even suggesting that we will see our first hint of The X-Men in the upcoming sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is due for release on May 6.