There’s development hell. Then there’s Gambit.

Originally gracing the big-screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine which was far from well received by fans and critics alike, 20th Century Fox along with its leading man Channing Tatum (Magic Mike XXL) have encountered numerous problems, since he signed on to the project back in 2014.

With directors like Doug Liman (American Made) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) bailing on the project at various points in development, finally the spin-off seems to have found stability in A Cure For Wellness director Gore Verbinski.

Now it has been confirmed by 20th Century Fox that the film will be released on Valentine’s Day 2019, in a similar strategy adopted by Ryan Reynold’s solo outing as Deadpool, which was a massive R-rated success for the studio.

It will certainly be a busy 2018 for this particular comic book universe, with Josh Boone’s The New Mutants, David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix all set for release.

Providing the screenplay for Gambit will be Patriots Day’s Joshua Zetumer.