Channing Tatum Closes His 'Gambit' Deal (Exclusive)

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Channing Tatum has closed a deal to star in Gambit, 20th Century Fox's X-Men spin-off movie.

The move, which was widely expected, contradicts reports that appeared last week suggesting the actor would exit the project after failing to come to terms with Fox.

Sources say that Tatum and the studio did hit a sensitive spot in negotiations, but such back-and-forth is a normal part of top-level talent dealmaking. 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. Tatum has been attached to the movie (loosely then officially) as both actor and producer for a few years and even made a surprise appearance at Fox's X-Men panel at Comic-Con in July.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Channing Tatum (L) and Jenna Dewan attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
Actor Channing Tatum arrives to the 12th annual GQ "Men of the Year" party at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Photo by: Raoul Gatchalian/starmaxinc.com �2009 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 4/20/09 Channing Tatum at the premiere of "Fighting". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actor Channing Tatum, from the new film "GI Joe: Rise of Cobra," appears on the NBC "Today" television program in New York Friday, July 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Actor Channing Tatum, a cast member in "The Son of No One," poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Actress Gina Carano, right, and actor Channing Tatum arrive at the premiere of the feature film "Haywire" in Los Angeles on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Elton John, left, and actor Channing Tatum perform together during the Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall, Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Channing Tatum attends the premiere of "Side Effects" hosted by the Cinema Society and Open Road Films on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
American actor Channing Tatum poses during the photocall of 'Asalto al Poder' ('White House Down') at Casa de las Alhajas' in Madrid, Spain. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Channing Tatum arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Co-stars Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill, right, pose for a portrait in promotion of their new film "22 Jump Street," on Thurs., June 5, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
In this Nov. 11, 2014 file photo, actor Channing Tatum attends a special screening of "Foxcatcher," hosted by the Cinema Society with Details and Brooks Brothers, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. As many as six aspiring filmmakers will appear on next year’s Academy Awards, and Tatum will help them get there. Oscar producers said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, they’re bringing back the Team Oscar program that invites young filmmakers to play a role in the Academy Awards ceremony. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a scene from "Magic Mike." Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer play fire men, cops and other exaggerated versions of hyper-masculine characters in the Steven Soderbergh film, and they say preparing for their parts and performing nearly nude for the dozens of female extras who populated the fake Club Xquisite gave the actors insight into women's grooming, undergarments and approach to carnal fantasy. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claudette Barius)
Channing Tatum arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0161 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Channing Tatum during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill arrive at the premiere of "22 Jump Street" at the Regency Village Theatre on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Channing Tatum attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Channing Tatum and actress Jenna Dewan arrive to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Channing Tatum arrives at Variety and WWD 2nd Annual StyleMakers Awards at Quixote Studios West Hollywood on November 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Channing Tatum attends the 'Hail, Caesar!' Premiere during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
66 Berlin Film Festival Channing Tatum during the photocall of the film Heil Caesar (Photo by camilla morandi/Corbis via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) Actor Channing Tatum and actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum attend the Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at the Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 05: Robert Forester, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino and Zoe Bell at the Quentin Tarantino Immortalized With Hand And Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 5, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Channing Tatum (L) and Jenna Dewan attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
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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. (Jackman has been portraying Wolverine since 2000, for instance.)

Sources say that backend compensation was also a sticking point.

Rupert Wyatt, who directed Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will direct Gambit.

Josh Zetumer penned the script for the film, based on a treatment by Gambit co-creator Chris Claremont. Tatum, Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing.

Tatum is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.


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