Third Director Folds On GAMBIT Movie

Channing Tatum Gambit

Gore Verbinski will not direct Channing Tatum in the X-Men spinoff Gambit as planned.

All jokes aside, the decision for him to direct probably meant that the Gambit film was going to be a bit of a swashbuckling adventure with a significant bit of humor (like many of Verbinski's other projects), so this could be a significant loss to the project. He was the third filmmaker connected to the project, replacing Rupert Wyatt - who in turn had stepped in when Doug Liman left the film. Gambit is expected to be released in February 2019. 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. But it's unfortunate that this movie can't seem to find the right assembly of talent to bring it to the starting blocks (let alone the finish line), because Fox's X-Men spin-offs have established themselves as being far more creatively interesting than the traditional team-up X-Men movies lately (see: Deadpool, Logan, New Mutants). It was reported earlier that the film would begin shooting this March.


"We got really lucky", Tatum told Yahoo Movies in July. If Tatum had bailed as well then the movie itself might be in jeopardy - and no one wants that. Hailing from New Orleans, Gambit is perhaps best known for manipulating playing cards. Tatum still remains on board, and from what we understand, the search for a replacement is already underway. Since Star Wars movies are always genuine box office threats, this will at least give Deadpool 2 its time to shine before audiences.

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