Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

'Gambit' Loses Yet Another Director as Gore Verbinski Bails

'Gambit' Loses Yet Another Director as Gore Verbinski Bails

Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was the man in the directors' chair for awhile, before giving way to Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman.

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. Variety reporter Jeff Sneider added via Twitter that "last I heard, it was being rewritten to make it 'more New Orleans'". Previously set for release on Valentine's Day 2019, "Gambit" is now set to arrive June 7, 2019.

Beleaguered superhero properties are nothing new for Hollywood, but the problems that have plagued Channing Tatum's X-Men spin-off Gambit are one for the ages, with the film having lost its third director in a row.

Well, months turned into years, and now it seems that the long-awaited Gambit movie is going to be even more awaited as it's been confirmed that director Gore Verbinski has dropped out of the production.

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Also unclear is whether the move marks a change in direction for the film, perhaps prompted by Disney's impending acquisition of Fox.

Despite these ongoing setbacks, Channing Tatum still remains attached to star in Gambit, whenever the movie actually gets made. While there will be the inevitable success with the new Deadpool movie and the next X-Men sequel coming later this year, not everything else appears to be coming together as smoothly.

Verbinski's departure is only the latest in a long string of behind-the-scenes hurdles faced by "Gambit". It's been a passion project for the actor, who has always been attached and appeared as a surprise guest at Fox's X-Men panel at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2015.

In the comics, Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. Gambit, is a mutant with the ability to manipulate objects using kinetic energy. It has been in development since Grover Cleveland was in office (the first time).

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