'Gambit' Loses Yet Another Director as Gore Verbinski Bails

Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski has stepped away from directing Gambit. No reason is given for the director's abrupt exit [UPDATE: It is reportedly due to a scheduling conflict], but Verbinski is now the third director to leave the project, which does not bode well. The film was originally going to be directed by Doug Liman who then left the project to make way for Rupert Wyatt who also left. But it's unfortunate that this movie can't seem to find the right assembly of talent to bring it to the starting blocks (let alone the finish line), because Fox's X-Men spin-offs have established themselves as being far more creatively interesting than the traditional team-up X-Men movies lately (see: Deadpool, Logan, New Mutants).

At this point, Tatum should just direct Gambit himself in order to push his passion project through the studio system and keep everything on track for a March production start. Updated with Gambit's new release date. Tatum came back aboard for a Gambit solo movie in 2014, only for things to never come together for the project overall.

Gambit is scheduled for a February 14, 2019 theatrical release. Following a few more small delays, production on Verbinski's Gambit was set to finally begin in March. 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. And in case anyone is breathlessly waiting to find out if Channing Tatum is still on board to play the title role...yes, he is. It has been in development since Grover Cleveland was in office (the first time).