Financing Finally In Place For Gambit (Not The X-Men Character)

Just to reiterate this fact, this has nothing to do with Gambit the “X-Men” character.

The remake of “Gambit”, 1966 crime-caper comedy starring Michael Caine and Shirley McClaine, has finally found funding. Crime Scene Pictures, a venture started by Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, has signed on to back the Joel and Ethan Coen penned script, with Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) signed on to direct.

Caine played a cat burglar who tries to rob a billionaire of his priceless statue and enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the victim’s late wife. While the burglar has carefully planned the job in his head, the execution is complicated by his relationship with his pretty accomplice.

Up to now production of “Gambit” has been unable to get off the ground. Doug Liman (“Go”) was recently attached for producer Mike Lobell (“Tears of the Sun”), but nothing came of that. With financing finally in place, the filmmakers plan to begin casting shortly, with an eye for shooting to begin next May in London.