Gore Verbinski won't direct 'Gambit' as planned

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

Free Association's Tatum and Reid Carolin are producing the film with X-Men overseers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. 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 very bad reputation, it seems to safe to say that the actor dodged a bullet. This is the third director that's left the Gambit spinoff. Then The Bourne Identity's Doug Liman was brought on, only to leave as well. Director Gore Verbinski is parting with the production, according Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other industry trade publications.

That shuffling at the top has prompted repeated delays in the film's production, which has been in active development since 2014. But without a director, it seems like fans will waiting a while longer to see the card-throwing Cajun on the big screen again. Wyatt pulled out in 2015, and the project continued more or less as planned until Liman, too, exited the next year.

At this point, Tatum should just direct Gambit himself in order to push his passion project through the studio system and keep everything on track for a March production start. Even then though, said director would have to be fine with using the current script.

It seems to be largely Channing Tatum's status as a Hollywood A-lister and his enthusiasm for the project that have kept the movie from falling apart over the last few years. Unless another director can be located quickly though, it might just be better to wait until after the Disney purchase of FOX is finalized.

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