Gore Verbinski won't direct 'Gambit' as planned

Gambit Duo

Deadline reports that Verbinski's departure is an "amicable split" with studio 20th Century Fox, and chalks up the move to "scheduling issues with several other projects on the director's plate".

Now it seems like Channing Tatum's involvement in the project as the lead star of Gambit is the only thing keeping the film together.

The movie also stars Lizzy Caplan as Bella Donna Boudreaux, Gambit's first love and the daughter of New Orleans' Assassins' Guild in the comics. Of course, Verbinski is just the latest director to leave the project stranded, following Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman in 2015 and 2016, respectively, so this doesn't necessarily reflect that poorly on him. It's been a passion project for the actor, who has always been attached and appeared as a surprise guest at Fox's X-Men panel at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2015. That will obviously affect the film's planned release date, which is now scheduled for February 14, 2019.

The film was expected to go into production in March, which now seems unlikely. Updated with Gambit's new release date. Following a few more small delays, production on Verbinski's Gambit was set to finally begin in March. We're hoping that Tatum's enthusiasm for the film doesn't wane or else fans are never going to get to see this Gambit movie. Tatum still remains on board, and from what we understand, the search for a replacement is already underway. Hailing from New Orleans, Gambit is perhaps best known for manipulating playing cards. Some of the story would, per that story, be told in flashback to establish how young Remy came to be in the custody of master thief Luke Lebeau and how he came to know Bella Donna Boudreaux, the femme fatale.

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