Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit has spent a long time in development, and now it has received another setback as director Gore Verbinski has left the project.
As reported by several media platforms, it was an amicable exit and caused by scheduling conflicts. Channing Tatum is still associated with the lead role.
Verbinski is renowned for Disney’s successful franchise Pirates of the Caribbean, and he joined Gambit in October, after the 2016 exit of Doug Liman, who had also replaced Rupert Wyatt earlier. The film has been plagued by frequent production delays since the directors and scripts keep changing, but, it seemed to be all set to start filming in March in New Orleans.
It can’t be ascertained as to what impact will Verbinski’s exit make on the production schedule or the listed Feb 14, 2019, release date.
Tatum plays the role of Remy LeBeau, the reckless mutant who loves stealing and infusing objects, generally playing cards, with destructive kinetic energy. The actor was originally chosen to play the same role in 2003 movie X2, but, back then the character got written out of the script. Later Gambit was supposed to feature in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but, at that time Tatum wasn’t available, and Taylor Kitsch played that role.
Still, Tatum has for long rallied for the role and a solo film and found favors with veteran X-Men producer Shuler Donner. The actor reassured about his involvement with Gambit in August last year, saying that the way Deadpool and Logan achieved critical as well as financial success, had emboldened the moviemakers to look into new concepts and the script, was literally rewritten from the start.
Lizzy Caplan is being considered to co-star with Tatum.