The X-Men spin-off Gambit continues to only theoretically exist after losing its third straight director.
The project has long been developed at 20th Century Fox as a way to bring Hollywood leading man Channing Tatum into the X-Men film universe, yet has been struck with continual delays.
The Gambit script has undergone multiple rewrites to shift its tone, and don’t even get us started on directors. Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Gore Verbinski came aboard last year, after both Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman had previously quit.
And, sadly, now Verbinski is gone too. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker dropped out mere weeks before Gambit was supposed to start production in New Orleans.
20th Century Fox haven’t yet indicated whether this eleventh-hour director change will impact production or the Valentine’s Day, 2019 release date, which was only officially announced last October.
Last August, Channing Tatum tipped that Gambit was being completely rewritten in order to capitalise on the success of more adult-oriented X-Men movies Deadpool and Logan.
“We lit a fuse on the first one and just blew it completely out of the water. I think we got lucky – we got hit with some setbacks and it was all for a good reason,” Tatum said at the time.
“We were trying to do something completely different. We were trying to do something that this genre of movie hasn’t seen before. We kept running into the same problems, and then Deadpool and Logan came through and kicked the doors down.
“Now we’re really getting to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do with the script – we’ve just sort of started over.”
It might be time to start over once again…
Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Digital Spy Facebook page and ‘Follow’ on our @digitalspy Twitter account and you’re all set.