Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

'Gambit' Loses Director Again as Gore Verbinski Exits Before March Shoot

'Gambit' Loses Director Again as Gore Verbinski Exits Before March Shoot

Gore Verbinski is no longer directing Gambit according to reports from multiple outlets.

Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) was the first to come on board as the Gambit director before he left because of behind-the-scenes conflicts; he was followed by The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, who left because he couldn't find a personal connection to the story.

Yet another director is declining to take a chance on "X-Men" spinoff "Gambit", with Gore Verbinski exiting the high-profile project only two months before it was set to begin shooting. Nothing further is known at this time, but we're guessing - thanks to 20th Century Fox's ongoing success in the X-Men spin-off sub-genre - that yet another director will be announced any time now.

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He turned up in the bad X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by trying-so-hard-to-make-him-a-thing Taylor Kitsch, and was quickly forgotten about after the fact. While it's good to dream about that future, an acquisition of this sort is likely to take a good 12-18 months to finish, so for now Fox is on their own in dealing with super-hero movies and I guess it should surprise nobody that they have recently altered their schedule for what was looking like a big year for them. 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. After all, over an entire year passed between Liman exiting Gambit and Verbinski coming aboard.

Now, the studio is scrambling yet again to fill the director's chair, and with that March shoot date looming, it may need to delay production. Even then though, said director would have to be fine with using the current script. Unless another director can be located quickly though, it might just be better to wait until after the Disney purchase of FOX is finalized. Channing Tatum remains aboard as the lead role.

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