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Sometimes, a movie's production just goes so off the rails that the most humane thing the filmmakers can do is to pull the plug. These are some previously-announced and greatly-anticipated movies that reached the end of the line in 2019.
Over the course of nearly 20 years, the X-Men movie franchise placed its ensemble cast of mutants in different points across various timelines. Wolverine was the first character to spin off into his own sub-franchise, with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and Logan. For years, Fox tried to get more standalone mutant movies off the ground, starting with a proposed Origins follow-up focusing on Magneto, though this project was eventually reworked into the ensemble prequel X-Men: First Class.
The other solo X-movie that's come close to being a reality is one about Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. Gambit, the Louisiana-born, staff-wielding mutant who's notably adept at throwing explosive playing cards. Gambit is a fan favorite, having been a main character on the '90s Saturday morning X-Men cartoon. He even made a brief appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Fox stacked the deck for the film's chances by casting likable, bankable Channing Tatum in the title role. But the studio just couldn't get this movie into play thanks to a seemingly never-ending search for the right director to helm it.
Gambit had been shuffled around a couple of 2019 release dates, but the ongoing director search left its viability in question. As 2019 began, Fox had Gambit scheduled for release in March 2020, despite not having a director actively attached. Then Disney acquired Fox, throwing the smaller studio's whole slate of projects into disarray. In May 2019, the new bosses moved around the release dates for a bunch of movies, including Gambit. The Tatum vehicle went from a March 2020 release to… currently nothing, disappearing from the schedule.
Watch the video to learn the real reason these 2019 movies were canceled!
This Gambit didn't pay off | #
Set phasers to kill | #
War is over | #
Jump Street jumps ship | #
A silver lining | #