All bets are off for Channing Tatum’s ‘Gambit’ as the film has lost yet another director. THR is reporting that Doug Liman has left the project in what is described as a “mutual parting of ways.” Fox is currently on a search for his replacement.
This marks the second director to leave the project starting with Rupert Wyatt who left officially citing scheduling conflicts as the reason but sources behind the scenes indicate it was studio committee interference (similar to what Josh Trank experienced during ‘Fantastic Four’) that drove his decision.
Fox is still determined to make ‘Gambit’ and so far has not delayed the production start date which is slated for January of 2017. Originally the movie was to have begun filming in 2015 with a release date of October 2016. When Wyatt walked, the film was delayed which then saw Liman come on board who then called for a new script which delayed the film even more. Fox clearly wants to make sure the story is right for the character as the success of ‘Deadpool’ has shown them what comic fans want. As of now, Josh Zetumer is listed as the person on writing duties as Fox scrambles to find another director.
Channing Tatum is still on board to play the lead as well as produce the film along with Simon Kinberg and Reid Carolin but the project currently has no release date.
Marvel’s loss seems’ to be DC’s gain as Liman has just been announced as director for ‘Justice League Dark’ which is being retitled as ‘Dark Universe.’
Will we even see a film about the Ragin’ Cajun on the big screen? Place your bets and let us know what you think.
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