Channing Tatum's long-delayed Gambit movie loses another director

Channing Tatum's long-delayed Gambit movie loses another director

It is the latest turn on the project, which at previous points had Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt attached to direct the pic about Gambit/Remy LeBeau (Tatum), who has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, turning anything he touches into a weapon.

Deadline says Verbinski's parting of the ways is amicable ("scheduling issues"), and that Channing Tatum, who's always been attached to the film in the titular role, is still onboard.

"Gambit" is once again without a director - prompting the producers to delay the upcoming film's premiere. Tatum still remains on board, and from what we understand, the search for a replacement is already underway.

Essentially, it will be trading places with another of Fox's "X-Men" films, "The New Mutants", which had been scheduled for June 7, 2019, but which will now land February 22, 2019.

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Verbinski's credits include A Cure For Wellness, The Lone Ranger, three Pirates of the Caribbean film blockbusters, The Ring and Rango. 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.

Taylor Kitsch first played The Gambit on screen in the 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".

For a slam dunk idea like Channing Tatum playing roguish X-Men member Gambit in his own film, Gambit continues to struggle along through its pre-production phase.

The film was expected to go into production in March, which now seems unlikely.

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That's four months after its previous release date of Valentine's Day 2019, presumably enough time for the studio to find another director.

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For anyone who watched X-Men in the '90s or is familiar with the comics, Gambit is one of those characters who has yet to get a fair shake in terms of adaptations.

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