Director Gore Verbinski exits Fox's Gambit movie

13 January, 2018, 03:52 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Deadpool, New Mutants and Gambit all get new release dates; Gore Verbinski exits as director for Gambit

The project was creatively reworked following the success of Fox's recent R-rated superhero movies like Logan and Deadpool, but Verbinski, who joined last October, has jumped ship, leaving this film without a director for the third time.

X-Men: New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, is the one that's been bumped. Updated with Gambit's new release date. The character had a brief appearance in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch. Tatum was replaced in that film by Taylor Kitsch, and considering its bad reputation, it seems to safe to say that the actor dodged a bullet. 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.

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Gore Verbinski, who had come aboard to direct the long-in-the-works X-Men spinoff Gambit, is pulling off of the 20th Century Fox movie. This is an unusual move so late in the game, as the Fox film has been in casting mode and has been gearing up to shoot in New Orleans in March. Sadly, that won't be happening, as Deadline reports that the director has now exited the project due to scheduling conflicts. Considering Gambit's now had three directors to leave the film, there probably isn't a queue of talent waiting to take it on with this whiff on it. Wyatt pulled out in 2015, and the project continued more or less as planned until Liman, too, exited the next year. Even then though, said director would have to be fine with using the current script.

On paper, it certainly makes a lot of sense - a bright and breezy heist movie featuring Channing Tatum will surely fare better when it's not associated with the most romantic weekend on the calendar. Given that Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox, any further delay could well spell the end for the troubled project.

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