'Gambit' Loses Yet Another Director as Gore Verbinski Bails

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20th Century Fox's Gambit movie has once again lost its director.

The Pirates of the Caribbean helmer now joins Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) on the list of directors who have flirted with, and subsequently passed up, the chance to spearhead Remy LeBeau's origins story.

Apart from announcing plans to develop a Kitty Pryde film with Deadpool director Tim Miller, The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that the studio has altered its release dates for three upcoming films: Deadpool 2, New Mutants and Gambit. It is unclear at present whether Verbinski's departure will have any effect on that release date.

He turned up in the very bad X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by trying-so-hard-to-make-him-a-thing Taylor Kitsch, and was quickly forgotten about after the fact.

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.

At this point, I'm starting to wonder if we're ever going to see this film.

Channing Tatum's oft-delayed "Gambit", an "X-Men" spinoff gearing up to shoot in New Orleans in March, has suffered another behind-the-scenes setback. Sadly, that won't be happening, as Deadline reports that the director has now exited the project due to scheduling conflicts. Directors have been dropping left, right and centre. One assumes that the scheduled March production start will have to be called off, unless of course FOX can find a replacement director within the next two months.

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. Given that Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox, any further delay could well spell the end for the troubled project.

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