The Channing Tatum-starring ‘Gambit‘ has been one of 20th Century Fox’s most delayed mutant property movies and now we’ve learned why director Doug Liman (‘The Bourne Identity’,’Edge of Tomorrow’) left the project. The director is known for being able to take unbelievable events and make them feel real as well as knows how to pick the right choreographer to make an actor’s hand-to-hand stunts look amazing which will be essential to making Remy Lebeau a believable character. When we found in August that he had left the film no one knew the reasons why… until now.
Initially, it was thought to potentially be to work on all of the other films on his plate, but that isn’t actually the reason at all:
“I’m all about the script, and I just wasn’t feeling it.
I’ve gotta connect to the script. On Bourne Identity, Matt Damon was always referring to himself as a ‘script whore,’ and I’m with Matt on that. It’s like, you feel the script, that’s everything. We make movies because we want to tell great stories. The Wall started with a contest Amazon ran, and Dwain’s script rose to the top, and then it got handed to me.”
While ‘The Wall’ might not be his best example of connecting with audiences, that could potentially be just as much as the marketing department’s fault as anything else.
Without Liman, the film certainly isn’t dead in the water. Recently we heard from producer Simon Kinberg that it was still actively in development. However, one key statement he previously made resonates more truly now. Kinberg said that “Channing [Tatum] is as determined about getting the character right as Ryan Reynolds was about Deadpool and Hugh [Jackman] was about this Logan movie.”
I’m wondering if the delays on tapping a new director could be due to script re-writes. If the star and studio agree with Liman after he departed the film it could be being reworked at this time. Of course, that is just a theory and nothing more.
Still, it seems to fit with what we’ve heard so far.
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