Gore Verbinski won't direct 'Gambit' as planned

Gambit’ Loses Another Director

A third director has quit the X-Men spin-off Gambit. Let's just run down this list for a quick recap. Of course, Verbinski is just the latest director to leave the project stranded, following Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman in 2015 and 2016, respectively, so this doesn't necessarily reflect that poorly on him. Liman eventually bowed out as well, in all likelihood because he wasn't satisfied with whatever form the script was taking. As recently as this week, OmegaUnderground reported that production on the Gambit solo film was supposed to begin on March 19 in New Orleans, Louisiana, but I'm guessing that's all out the window now that the project is left rudderless once more. It's not clear what the reasoning is at the time of this writing. Last November, Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Cloverfield) was hired as the female lead opposite Tatum, and the movie was given a release date of February 2019. Channing Tatum was attached to star as Gambit, but then Disney bought Fox and everything was sent into uncertainty once again.

According to "X-Men" mythology, Gambit was born in New Orleans as Remy Etienne LeBeau but was kidnapped from the hospital and raised by thieves.

No one knows for sure what's happening in the film due to the number of script changes made over the years, but rumor has it the Gambit film will be a hybrid superhero movie and heist film.

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Disney already owns the vast majority of Marvel Films properties, but long-standing contracts give Fox the rights to the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" properties. This is something which other studios seem to struggle with as they regularly announce shifts in release dates as they struggle to align their planned schedules versus actual delivery.

In addition Deadpool 2 moves from June 1, 2018 to May 18, 2018, while The New Mutants will now be released February 22, 2019 instead of April 13, 2018.

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