The project, which is set to star Channing Tatum as the kinetic-energy-controlling Cajun mutant, has been in the works since 2014, but struggles to find a director have led to multiple delays. Gore Verbinksi was at least the third director attached to the project, but he left in January due to scheduling conflicts.
So while still no one signed on to helm the project, Kinberg tells IGN that the movie "has a great script." The character, perhaps best known for his use of playing cards as a weapon, was created in the 1990s and has long been associated with Marvel's X-Men franchise. Taylor Kitsch played the role in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Kinberg, a producer on several X-Men movies and TV series as well as the upcoming Dark Phoenix (which he is directing), is confident they have a handle on the character. "When you look at Gambit, he’s a hustler and a womanizer, and we just felt like there was an attitude, a swagger to him, that lent itself to romantic comedy," he told IGN. "When I say romantic comedy, I use that term loosely… I would say the vibe of Gambit has a romantic or sex comedy vibe to it. While it is also still very much a superhero movie with villains and heroes, as all these movies are."