Gore Verbinski won't direct 'Gambit' as planned

Gambit Duo

Gambit Duo

Gambit is in need of a new director.

Now it seems like Channing Tatum's involvement in the project as the lead star of Gambit is the only thing keeping the film together.

That is, until Gambit hit yet another roadblock today, with Deadline reporting that Verbinski has now dropped out, leading us to believe that this spinoff is indeed cursed. We're hoping that Tatum's enthusiasm for the film doesn't wane or else fans are never going to get to see this Gambit movie.

As usual, the reason for the director's departure apparently comes down to scheduling issues, with the split said to be amicable. As a result, Twentieth Century Fox have pushed the film's release date from February 2019 to June 2019. Hopefully, this won't push back production too much, as filming was set to begin in March, with New Orleans playing host to the long-gestating X-Men project for a total of 10 weeks.

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. Considering Gambit's now had three directors to leave the film, there probably isn't a queue of talent waiting to take it on with this whiff on it. After all, over an entire year passed between Liman exiting Gambit and Verbinski coming aboard.

Though it seems like Fox still feels excited about the troubled comic book movie project, this new set back is definitely troubling.

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