Category Archives: X-Men: Apocalypse

Talking ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ with Simon Kinberg

From Latino Review:

LR: Your group of X-Men is growing. Each film adds new Mutants and now with Days of Future Past doing what it did, some of the old favorites can come back. AND you have Channing Tatum waiting in the wings to bring a new version of Gambit to the screen.  Will he be introduced in a team movie or get a solo outing or is a solo movie a better way to focus on a characters origins?

Simon Kinberg: I genuinely don’t know the answer to that question. It’s something we are all talking about whether it would be good for Gambit to be in a mainline X-MEN movie or he would be in his own stand-alone movie potentially one day to be able to be in another X-MEN movie after his Gambit movie introduces him. I really don’t know the answer. I don’t think there is a hard and fast rule which way is better. I think both ways have worked and I think actually the real question will be is there a role that is strong and specific enough for Gambit in a mainline X-MEN movie whether it be APOCALYPSE or future X-MEN movie that would be the right way to introduce the character. You don’t want to stick characters in these movies and manufacture something for them to do. You want the movie to tell you that it needs another character or ideally it needs this specific character.


Channing Tatum Wants To Change Superhero Movies With ‘Gambit’

From MTV:

Changing the superhero movie landscape, one card at a time.

by josh wigler 06/06/14


More and more, with each passing day, it looks likelier and likelier that Channing Tatum is the new Gambit.


The “22 Jump Street” actor has been connected to the role of the card-slinging mutant ever since last summer, when he first announced his interest in the role. Since then, “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner has gone on the record that Tatum is her man to play Gambit — it’s just a matter of making things official.

“Creatively, we’re starting to chug forward. Obviously there’s nothing [official],” Tatum told MTV News about where he stands with the Ragin’ Cajun. “There are only conversations and dreams right now, really.”

But the dreams are at an all-time high for Tatum, who looks likely to be the second big-screen Gambit; Taylor Kitsch was the first, playing the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” a movie that most people would like to forget, and one that was largely eradicated by “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
“I’ve been pretty vocal about wanting to be the part of Gambit for a very long time,” said Tatum. “It’s a weird, pinching-myself moment that we’re even having the conversation.”

Recent rumors have suggested that Tatum’s Gambit is part of the design of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the upcoming sequel to “Days of Future Past.” But that’s not what Tatum has in mind; he wants a full-on standalone “Gambit” movie before ever entering the proper “X-Men” equation.

“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero, superhero movie.’ Because Gambit is not your typical hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”

All of that is easier said than done, of course.

“The machine of the Marvel world is so ginormous that it’s literally like climbing a mountain, getting one of these movies made, and all of the pieces that go along with it,” Tatum added.



Channing Tatum Has Taken a Meeting to Play Gambit

From /film:

Channing Tatum has made no secret of the fact he’d love to play Gambit in the X-Men movies. The card-throwing, womanizing Cajun has long been a fan favorite, but so far has only been seen on screen once, briefly, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now, with Bryan Singer teasing he’d love to bring Gambit into the next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse, Tatum has revealed the possibility has taken another step forward toward reality. He’s met with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner about possibly playing the role and is already working on an accent.

Tatum revealed this in an interview at the MTV Movie Awards, where he received a Trailblazer Award.

And here’s the full quote after being asked if we’d ever see him as the mutant?

I met with Lauren Shuler Donner. And I would love it. Gambit is really the only X-Man I’ve ever loved. I mean I’ve loved them all, they’re all great, but I guess from being down south – my dad’s from Louisiana, I’m from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida – I don’t know. I just related to him. He’s just kind of suave… He’s the most un X-Men X-Man that’s ever been in X-Men. Other than maybe Wolverine, who’s like the anti-hero. He’s a thief. He’s not even a hero. He’s kind of walking the line of grey…He loves women and drinking and smoking and stuff so he’s just a cool guy who happens to have a moral center….I hope it [comes together]. You never know it’s a weird industry. If the stars align, I would die to play it. I’m already working on the accent. It’s crappy at the moment.

Along with Tatum, Shuler Donner has also made it very clear she’d love to make a Gambit movie with Tatum, but we didn’t know it had gotten this  far.

If Tatum were to appear as Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse, it would give Fox a huge opportunity to have another major star as a fan-favorite character. With Hugh Jackman likely on his way out in the coming years, Fox must like that idea. Even non-X-Men fans would turn out to see Tatum star in a superhero movie, so this feels like something that has a good chance of happening.

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Who will return? What new mutants may appear?

From EW:


We’re still weeks away from the unveiling of Fox’s ginormous X-Men: Days of Future Past but, fittingly, director Bryan Singer and producer/writer Simon Kinberg can only look ahead: The pair are developing, along with X2 writers Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, the next X-Men film, Apocalypse, slated for May 27, 2016. Not much about the film is known, but Singer says that the film will be “somewhat” based on the 1990 comic storyline “Age of Apocalypse,” which features ancient villain Apocalypse and imagines an alternate universe. “[The movie] won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with,” admits Singer. Adds Kinberg, “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.”

Days of Future Past will provide clues to the storyline of Apocalypse. Says Singer, “You won’t feel at the end of the movie that it set up Apocalypse. What it does is it sets up possibilities. But what we’ll discover in Apocalypse is that events in this movie made that happen.” He adds, “Apocalypse deals with ancient mutancy. What would humans have thought mutants were? What would mutants think humans were? You’re dealing with gods and things like that. And what if one survived and what if that found its way into our world?”

X-Men: Apocalypse will follow Charles (James McAvoy), Erik (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Hank (Nicholas Hoult), and Singer says that those actors are all on board from deals signed for First Class. Singer also says he’s interested in bringing in other mutants, like Gambit and Nightcrawler. “I’m excited because I want to start introducing familiar characters at different ages and also explore the ‘80s.”