Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Third Director Folds On GAMBIT Movie

Third Director Folds On GAMBIT Movie

Deadline broke the news, citing "scheduling issues with several other projects on the director's plate", though those projects weren't specified, and as far as I can tell, Verbinski doesn't have anything imminently heading into production.

New Mutants, the Josh Boone-directed horror film that stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton, has been pushed back from its original April 2018 release date all the way until February 22, 2019. 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.

There were reports yesterday that Fox had scheduled the film to begin production in March this year at the Big Easy Studios in New Orleans, the same location where the studio had shot Logan. Previously set for release on Valentine's Day 2019, "Gambit" is now set to arrive June 7, 2019.

Free Association's Tatum and Reid Carolin are producing the film with X-Men overseers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Despite these ongoing setbacks, Channing Tatum still remains attached to star in Gambit, whenever the movie actually gets made. If Tatum had bailed as well then the movie itself might be in jeopardy - and no one wants that. Well, for New Mutants, The Wrap has reported that while the test screening for the new film was decently enough received, it did not meet studio expectations of how scary it should be. Tatum, a MS native whose father is from Metairie, boarded the project in May of that year. Gambit was last seen on-screen in the very bad X-Men Origins: Wolverine and was played by Taylor Kitch. It has been in development since Grover Cleveland was in office (the first time).

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