The long-awaited Gambit solo movie has once again hit a snag on the way to production, this time losing director Gore Verbinski. The film was originally going to be directed by Doug Liman who then left the project to make way for Rupert Wyatt who also left.
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. It is unclear at present whether Verbinski's departure will have any effect on that release date. The character had a brief appearance in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch.
X-Men: New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, is the one that's been bumped.
The film was expected to go into production in March, which now seems unlikely. Sadly, that won't be happening, as Deadline reports that the director has now exited the project due to scheduling conflicts. 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. After all, over an entire year passed between Liman exiting Gambit and Verbinski coming aboard. Other films, like The Ring and A Cure For Wellness, showed his directorial chops outside the arena of blockbuster tentpoles, and his addition to Gambit was largely seen as a promising development. Even then though, said director would have to be fine with using the current script.
Tatum is still attached to star in the movie.
Though it seems like Fox still feels excited about the troubled comic book movie project, this new set back is definitely troubling.