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Director Gore Verbinski Leaves Fox's Gambit Spinoff

12 January 2018

Edge of Tomorrow's Doug Liman and Rise of the Planet of the Apes's Rupert Wyatt both dropped out. It has a script (by Josh Zetumer) and stars in Channing Tatum and Lizzy Caplan.

Free Association's Tatum and Reid Carolin are producing the film with X-Men overseers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Gore Verbinski will not direct Channing Tatum in the X-Men spinoff Gambit as planned. The character's only big screen appearance to date (outside his name being featured as an Easter egg in X2) was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch. Liman too walked away in 2016, and instead offered his services to WB for their then in-production Justice League Dark. No reason is given for the director's abrupt exit [UPDATE: It is reportedly due to a scheduling conflict], but Verbinski is now the third director to leave the project, which does not bode well. That usually means that we can count on Gambit finding a new director and coming out when it was originally expected.

This is definitely a passion project for Tatum, and if this movie ever does come to pass, we'll likely look back on this moment as a key turning point for the project - either to lament the fact that Tatum should have let it go, or to praise him for his devotion to telling the character's story. One assumes that the scheduled March production start will have to be called off, unless of course FOX can find a replacement director within the next two months. Given that Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox, any further delay could well spell the end for the troubled project. The good news is that it sounds like this will still be the case as and the movie will definitely be the full-blown horror that they want it to be, fans will just have to wait a while longer for it.

Director Gore Verbinski Leaves Fox's Gambit Spinoff