Gambit Spinoff Release Date Pushed After Film Loses Another Director

Deadpool, New Mutants and Gambit all get new release dates; Gore Verbinski exits as director for Gambit

'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit' Loses Director Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker Gore Verbinski has exited the Channing Tatum X-Men spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

He turned up in the terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by trying-so-hard-to-make-him-a-thing Taylor Kitsch, and was quickly forgotten about after the fact. 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.

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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.

Verbinski was the third director to sign on to the long-gestating spin-off, which was first announced in 2014 and penciled in for an October 2016 release. Sadly, that won't be happening, as Deadline reports that the director has now exited the project due to scheduling conflicts. As recently as this week, OmegaUnderground reported that production on the Gambit solo film was supposed to begin on March 19 in New Orleans, Louisiana, but I'm guessing that's all out the window now that the project is left rudderless once more. FOX will once again have to go on the hunt for another director, and it's anyone's guess as to how long that process could take. Given that Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox, any further delay could well spell the end for the troubled project. Then, Tatum's Gambit could conceivably make his debut in an MCU installment, and not have to carry his own film right off the bat.

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