Gambit was originally supposed to be released this October, but after losing director Rupert Wyatt, work on the movie stalled before Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) was hired to take over. However, as the filmmaker set up some other projects elsewhere, it quickly became clear that he wouldn’t be able to direct the X-Men spinoff in the timeframe wanted by Fox.
It has now been confirmed that Liman has moved on after a, “mutual parting of ways.” This marks another blow to the movie which has been plagued with problems since day one.
Channing Tatum is still attached to star (but very nearly departed the project weeks after being announced as playing the character at Comic-Con last year due to clashes over money), while script rewrites are said to be a recurring issue. Despite all of this, production is still expected to begin in January as the studio looks for a replacement director for Gambit.
On the plus side, Liman is still going to direct a superhero movie in the form of Dark Universe, a.k.a. Justice League Dark. Revolving around supernatural characters like John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon, and it’s expected to be a big part of the DC Films Universe. Guillermo Del Toro was originally attached to direct, but the movie hasn’t really moved forward since he left despite plenty of rumours.
The fact it’s happening is great news though, so