Simon Kinberg, a producer on the Gambit solo movie, has spoken about the film changing genres and becoming a love story.
Kinberg is a busy man these days. Aside from directing X-Men: Dark Phoenix, he has his hand in just about every other X-Men related property, including producing The New Mutants and Gambit.
We learned recently that Gambit has morphed, unsurprisingly, quite a bit over the years, and now has more of a romantic vibe. What exactly does that mean? Well, Kinberg spoke more about it to Collider:
“It still has elements of a heist movie. It has elements of a romantic comedy and elements of a heist movie because he is a thief, but it is a love story between him and Bella.”
And regarding how different this sounds from the original plans for the movie, Kinberg said:
“You are absolutely right [that this is a different version]. There are elements that are similar, but it is different in tone, almost in sub-genre—one of the things that we’ve done with these standalone movies […] is that we’ve tried to create sort of sub-genres within the superhero genre when it comes to these standalone movies; even Deadpool itself is like a raunchy R-rated comedy, not just a superhero film. So Gambit became something different over the span of developing it with Channing, with his partner Reid [Carolin], with Josh Zetumer the screenwriter. It is something that we intend to make but listen I’m Jewish, so my expectation for everything is I don’t believe anything until it’s out in movie theaters. So I share your cynicism generally, but in this particular case we’re working very hard to get the movie going.”
Fox has certainly earned a lot of goodwill from fans with the likes of Logan and Deadpool, which is good considering how long Gambit is taking to make. So perhaps fans will be willing to follow Fox a little longer on this new direction for the film.