'Gambit' Loses Director Again as Gore Verbinski Exits Before March Shoot

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Gambit is in need of a new 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.

Channing Tatum - a huge fan of the character - was originally set to play Gambit in Origins, but had to bow out due to starring in G.I.

Well, months turned into years, and now it seems that the long-awaited Gambit movie is going to be even more awaited as it's been confirmed that director Gore Verbinski has dropped out of the production. It's not clear what the reasoning is at the time of this writing. That will obviously affect the film's planned release date, which is now scheduled for February 14, 2019. Still, it's an odd choice so close to the planned production start, which was to begin in New Orleans in March. After all, over an entire year passed between Liman exiting Gambit and Verbinski coming aboard.

The film is one of several X-Men projects in development at 20th Century Fox.

The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news of the date change along with the release date shifts for Deadpool 2 and The New Mutants, claimed that studio insiders are still enthusiastic about the troubled project, which they describe as a heist movie with comedic elements. Unless another director can be located quickly though, it might just be better to wait until after the Disney purchase of FOX is finalized.