Friday, July 31, 2015

Does It Matter if Fox Kilłs the Gambit Movie?

Would it be so bad if Fox is unable to bring Gambit to life  on the big screen? Credit: Marvel.
By +Tim Beyers

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Today's story comes from The Beat by way of TheWrap:
Tonight, TheWrap reported that Channing Tatum might be leaving 20th Century Fox’s Gambit production. Tatum, who was slated to star as everyone’s favorite mutant with a gimmick, is apparently still in talks with the studio, but “something is up” and time is running out, as the movie is scheduled to be release on October 7th, 2016.
My analysis: Fox is being extra cautious, which is exactly as it should be when you look at the numbers in the Marvel Movie Report. Over 11 films, the studio's average box office profit margin for Marvel properties is just 0.80%. And that's with productions costing an average of $125.1 million to make. For perspective, Ant-Man's $130 million budget makes it the cheapest of the MCU films. Letting Tatum leave Gambit to go direct something else is better than agreeing to a money-loser of a deal.

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