Gambit movie loses another director as Gore Verbinski walks (UPDATED)

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Jan 11, 2018

Update: Gambit's release date has been moved from Feb. 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019 as part of a flurry of changes for Fox's X-Men movies.

The long-developing and seemingly troubled Gambit movie has lost another director. According to Deadline, Gore Verbinski (The Ring, A Cure for Wellness) has left the project, citing scheduling conflicts. The parting is said to be "amicable" and Channing Tatum remains attached to the film in the title role of the X-Men franchise's Ragin' Cajun.

But Tatum must be starting to wonder whether his movie is cursed, since Verbinski is the third filmmaker to exit the thing. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) was the first director recruited for the film back in 2015, but he left due to those pesky scheduling conflicts as well (at least that was the official word, with creative differences cited as the supposed real reason). Then Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) came on board the following year, but he also took a hike in June 2016 to work on Chaos Walking.

Things went dark on Gambit for a while after that, until Verbinski took the job last fall. But just a few months later he's out too.

The script has also been going through rewrites, and with Disney's impending takeover of Fox — and the absorption of Fox's Marvel properties into Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe — it's hard to gauge whether Gambit can or even should keep going at this point. Stay tuned...