Director Gore Verbinski exits Fox's Gambit movie

Director Gore Verbinski exits Fox's Gambit movie

Gambit, the member of the X-Men whose very name implies a certain amount of luck (even though his actual powers have nothing whatsoever to do with that) simply can't catch a break when it comes to directors.

Channing Tatum - a huge fan of the character - was originally set to play Gambit in Origins, but had to bow out due to starring in G.I. Tatum came back aboard for a Gambit solo movie in 2014, only for things to never come together for the project overall. Sadly, that won't be happening, as Deadline reports that the director has now exited the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Hopefully, this film finds a new director soon and can get right back on track, because it has already felt a bit too long since we last had some type of X-Men movie.

Verbinski is just one of a number of directors who have come and gone on the project. Following a few more small delays, production on Verbinski's Gambit was set to finally begin in March. After news broke of Verbinski's exit, Fox said Gambit has pushed back its release date of February 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019.

It is the latest turn on the project, which at previous points had Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt attached to direct the pic about Gambit/Remy LeBeau (Tatum), who has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, turning anything he touches into a weapon. 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.