Gore Verbinski won't direct 'Gambit' as planned

Gore Verbinski won't direct 'Gambit' as planned

This is the third director that's left the Gambit spinoff. Let's just run down this list for a quick recap.

Wyatt was replaced in November by Doug Liman, but he would go on to leave the project in August 2016. Liman eventually bowed out as well, in all likelihood because he wasn't satisfied with whatever form the script was taking. It's a bad sign for "Gambit", which has sputtered in development limbo for quite some time, despite a strong commitment from Fox and still-attached titular star Channing Tatum.

Earlier today, word came out that Gambit's newest director, Gore Verbinski, chose to separate ways with the 20 Century Fox because of conflicts in schedule. It's not clear what the reasoning is at the time of this writing.

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Deadline.com said Thursday that scheduling conflicts forced the filmmaker to back out of helming 20th Century Fox's superhero movie, which is set for theatrical release February 14, 2019. Despite being a regular fixture in animated versions of the X-Men, Gambit has to date only appeared in one feature, that being the poorly received X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We're hoping that Tatum's enthusiasm for the film doesn't wane or else fans are never going to get to see this Gambit movie. Hopefully, this won't push back production too much, as filming was set to begin in March, with New Orleans playing host to the long-gestating X-Men project for a total of 10 weeks.

Though it seems like Fox still feels excited about the troubled comic book movie project, this new set back is definitely troubling.

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