20th Century Fox's 'Gambit' Movie Loses Director Gore Verbinski


20th Century Fox's 'Gambit' Movie Loses Director Gore Verbinski

A Hollywood Reporter story claimed that Wyatt felt micro-managed by executives at Fox, and made a decision to depart the film rather than stick with something he didn't necessarily see eye-to-eye with them on.

It's unclear if the search for a new director will impact the start of production, although 20 Century Fox recently delayed the release of the film. Gambit is expected to be released in February 2019.

Disney already owns the vast majority of Marvel Films properties, but long-standing contracts give Fox the rights to the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" properties.

Gore Verbinski will not direct Channing Tatum in the X-Men spinoff Gambit as planned. Tatum came back aboard for a Gambit solo movie in 2014, only for things to never come together for the project overall.

This is definitely a passion project for Tatum, and if this movie ever does come to pass, we'll likely look back on this moment as a key turning point for the project - either to lament the fact that Tatum should have let it go, or to praise him for his devotion to telling the character's story.

Verbinski's departure is only the latest in a long string of behind-the-scenes hurdles faced by "Gambit".

In the comics, Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. Gambit, is a mutant with the ability to manipulate objects using kinetic energy. The project was creatively reworked following the success of Fox's recent R-rated superhero movies like Logan and Deadpool, but Verbinski, who joined last October, has jumped ship, leaving this film without a director for the third time. It has been in development since Grover Cleveland was in office (the first time). Of that, $112 million was earmarked for in-state spending, including $28.1 million for Louisiana payroll.