At one point, the upcoming X-Men spinoff ‘Gambit’ starring Channing Tatum was set to hit theaters in the fall of this year. However, the project has encountered a number of roadblocks, such as budgetary and scheduling problems. The biggest setback came when director Rupert Wyatt left the Ragin Cajun’s solo adventure in favor of other opportunities. And though ‘Bourne Identity’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ helmer Doug Liman has since stepped in to fill the vacant director’s chair, it sounds like 20th Century Fox may need to start looking for yet another filmmaker to get the job done.
Previously, while the script for ‘Gambit’ was being developed further in preparation for production to commence in late 2016 or early 2017, Liman opted to keep busy by directing the sharp-shooting psychological thriller ‘The Wall’ starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Amazon Studios. But now it appears that he’s eyeing yet another project to tackle in his down time that could result in a break up with Remy LeBeau.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liman is currently in talks with Lionsgate/Summit Pictures to direct ‘Chaos Walking’, a post-apocalyptic young adult thriller based on the first book in Patrick Ness’ best-selling trilogy about a young boy that stumbles upon a silent girl in a world devoid of women where all living things can hear each other’s thoughts “in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise”. Robert Zemeckis was once attached to lead the pair through their dangerous journey as told by Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman of ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, but it sounds like the studio is looking to Liman to take over and begin filming in the fall.
Now does this definitely mean more trouble for Fox and ‘Gambit’? At this point, nothing is official in regards to Liman leaving the long-awaited Marvel mutant movie starring the fan favorite comic book character. Although, ‘Chaos Walking’ could take up a considerable amount of the director’s time, especially if the studio moves forward with adapting the rest of the trilogy under his vision of the story, so it wouldn’t exactly be surprising to hear that Liman would move on from the delayed project in favor of the one that is pretty much ready to go. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as details become available.