A few days ago, we reported rumors about the possible exit of Channing Tatum from the Gambit movie over at Fox. The Hollywood Reporter explains that normal negotiations were taking place when the rumor started spreading:
“One thing that needed figuring out was the extent of Tatum’s involvement in the X-Men universe. Fox sees Tatum’s Gambit, a mutant who harnesses kinetic energy, as one of the anchor characters of the X-universe, akin to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, someone who would anchor his own movies and appear in numerous others. It’s a commitment that could theoretically last more than a decade.
Sources say that backend compensation was also a sticking point.”
In other words, they’re talking about a possible “replacement” of Wolverine (now that Jackman has officially announced his retirement from the X-Men franchise after his last solo movie) for Gambit. And of course, that means a lot of years of commitment from Tatum and a lot of money to pay from the studio.
“The Magic Mike star’s participation hardly was in any real danger because the actor already had invested quite a bit in the superhero part.”
Like we said in our first report, Tatum will also produce the X-Men spin-off, and has been working on it for years.
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