While Marvel Studios are about to make Taika Waititi the director of Thor: Ragnarok, Fox is trying to strengthen their X-Men Universe. However, while comic book-savvy people are super excited for Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, I do sense that Channing Tatum’s Gambit isn’t really getting the same love. Recently the director, Rupert Wyatt, left the project – so let’s try to name a few replacements!
Gambit is going to be huge – Channing Tatum is the star of the film, Léa Seydoux is the leading woman, and the production budget is supposedly at $150 million. Fox needs a competent director to helm the expensive project, and I’ve got a few suggestions. So without further ado, let’s get to it:
Every time I have to name I director I always want to mention one of the great Danes – Nicolas Winding Refn. Refn has a tendency to work on character-driven projects – like Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Drive – and a superhero origin story should fit him very well. Also, while Marvel Studios has a tendency to be very comic book-y and colorful – the Fox Universe can be very dark and gritty, and I think that would be great for Refn.
While Drive is an incredible film – and Refn is a great director – he still needs that push into director stardom. Bennett Miller does not need that. The Academy Award nominated director brought out, what might be, Channing Tatum’s best performance ever in Foxcatcher, and this could be the perfect opportunity for Miller to introduce himself to a more mainstream audience. Miller, however, seems to be very selective with his projects (seeing as he has only directed 3 feature films) – and that could be a problem for Fox.
Finally, I’d like to put the spotlight on a director that doesn’t get a lot of love from comic book fans – Brett Ratner. Ratner infamously took over for Bryan Singer on X-Men: The Last Stand, but that is his only real superhero-project as a director. I think Ratner could add a lot of humor to the Fox Universe, and, no, it would not be bad for Fox to imitate Marvel Studios in that regard.
Who do you think should direct ‘Gambit’? Sound off in the comments.
I’m Jeffrey Rex