'Gambit' Loses Yet Another Director as Gore Verbinski Bails

Director Gore Verbinski has pulled out of the Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum

Director Gore Verbinski has pulled out of the Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum

If you thought the Star Wars directing carousel was bad, the X-Men spinoff Gambit is officially looking for a new director, as is was announced that Gore Verbinski would no longer be a part of the project.

Deadline says Verbinski's parting of the ways is amicable ("scheduling issues"), and that Channing Tatum, who's always been attached to the film in the titular role, is still onboard.

Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman were previously attached as directors, but departed the project in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Still, it's an odd choice so close to the planned production start, which was to begin in New Orleans in March. Not just in their ability to pull off successful movie after successful movie though, but also in how they are able to plan big blockbusters so far in advance and actually still mostly hit the intended dates that they plan to. Updated with Gambit's new release date. 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.

Deadline.com said Thursday that scheduling conflicts forced the filmmaker to back out of helming 20th Century Fox's superhero movie, which is set for theatrical release February 14, 2019. Channing Tatum remains aboard as the lead role. Hailing from New Orleans, Gambit is perhaps best known for manipulating playing cards. It was good. But we were coming to it at a time at that creative phase of (the X-Men), where these movies went through a bit of a paradigm shift, where the X-Men movies and the superhero movies with "Logan" and "Deadpool" really broke down a lot of doors for us. Since Star Wars movies are always genuine box office threats, this will at least give Deadpool 2 its time to shine before audiences.

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