January 5, 2015
By Dave McNary
The Gambit character, who debuted in 1990, is an expert card-thrower and has the power to manipulate kinetic energy.
“Gambit,” written by Joshua Zetumer, will be Fox’s eighth X-Men movie. “X-Men: Apocalypse” debuts on May 27, 2016.
“Gambit” will face off against Warner Bros.’ “Live by Night” and Universal’s “Monster High.”
Fox also announced Monday that it had set or shifted dates for six other films — most notably, moving its next “Planet of the Apes” movie back a year to July 14, 2017.
The studio had originally planned to open its ninth “Planet of the Apes” on July 29, 2016. Instead, Fox has taken the “Fantastic Four” sequel off July 14, 2017, and moved it forward six weeks to June 2, 2017.
Fox successfully rebooted the “Apes” franchise in 2011 with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which grossed $482 million worldwide. This year’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was even more successful with over $700 million.
Fox’s reboot of “Fantastic Four,” directed by Josh Trank and starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, will open on Aug. 7.
“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” a comedy to be directed by Jake Szymanski, has been set for July 29, 2016. The script by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien focuses on two brothers posting an online ad for wedding dates.
The studio dated two films for next year’s holiday season — vidgame adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” starring Michael Fassbender with Justin Kurzel directing, has been dated for Dec. 21, 2016; and P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” starring Hugh Jackman, will open Dec. 25, 2016.
Romance movie “The Mountain Between Us,” starring Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike, has been set just before Valentines Day on Feb. 10, 2017.