Fox was able to keep the X-Men series afloat for years with just the core franchise and a few side movies for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, but now, in the aftermath of the Hollywood shared universe machine, the studio must go bigger. In addition to more Wolverine movies and X-Men: Apocalypse (which will conclude the Bryan Singer era in the X-Men universe), Fox will release Deadpool and Gambit next year. Both of those films are spin-off movies based on characters who previously appeared in other X-Men movies. Deadpool will once again star Ryan Reynolds and will hit in February 2016 (with an R rating), but before yesterday, very little was known about Gambit. We knew that Channing Tatum would be taking over the role from Taylor Kitsch (who played the mutant in X-Men: Origins- Wolverine) and we knew the release date, but beyond that, we've been pretty much in the dark on that title. Now, thanks to a report from EW, we know a bit more about the possible direction for this franchise.
EW has confirmed that Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Gambler director Rupert Wyatt will helm Gambit for Fox. The report was not much more extensive than that, and very little is known about the plot of the film or additional characters who may appear in the movie. But still, this is promising news. I was a big fan of what Wyatt did with Planet of the Apes (I liked Rise significantly more than Dawn), and even though most people seemed to dislike The Gambler, I feel like Wyatt is still a very promising directorial talent. Gambit isn't near the top of my list of most anticipated films for next year, but it is an interesting title and I'm hoping that this can finally be Channing Tatum's breakthrough into the action cinema world. Tatum has had a lot of success with comedies (21 Jump Street), female-driven flicks (Magic Mike) and even dramas (Foxcatcher), but his forays into the action world (Jupiter Ascending, White House Down, even the G.I. Joe franchise) have been decidedly less successful. Hopefully Gambit can turn things around when it hits theaters on October 7, 2016.