BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- X-Men producer Simon Kinberg gave an explanation for Gambit's repeated delays.
The 43-year-old writer and producer told Slash Film at the Television Critics Association press tour that he and his team are working to perfect the long-gestating solo film.
"I think the truth is when you have these movies that need a very special and unique tone, it takes a little while to find that tone," he explained.
Kinberg, who has written and/or produced four X-Men movies, compared Gambit's delays to Deadpool, which he also produced. Deadpool opened in February after 10 years of development and was a box office hit, earning $760 million.
"I hope that Gambit doesn't take 10 years, but it takes a little honing to get that tone and that voice exactly right," he said. "The character has such a specific voice in the comic ... [like Deadpool] ... that we want to make sure that we capture that voice on the page."
"Really it's just about getting a screenplay that is worth of that character and I think we're really close now," he teased.
"We have a great script on that and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning -- or spring -- of next year," he told That Hashtag Show at the 2016 Saturn Awards.