Gambit loses its director as Doug Liman comes on board Justice League Dark

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Aug 28, 2016, 2:42 PM EDT (Updated)

One comic book movie’s gain is another one’s loss. According to Variety, Doug Liman has been tapped to helm Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s Justice League Dark (the live-action version, not the animated one that's awesomely starring TV's John Constantine, Matt Ryan), adapted from DC's Dark Universe, from a script by Michael Gilio, with Scott Rudin acting as producer.

There are no plot details for the DC comic book film yet, but the story will revolve around a dark Justice League team (one that deals with magic and the supernatural) that includes John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. The film is said to be an ensemble piece (of course), and it’ll play a major role in the DC Extended Universe.

While sources told Variety that Liman had now departed 20th Century Fox’s often-delayed Gambit movie, starring Channing Tatum as the Ragin’ Cajun, a story over at The Hollywood Reporter seemingly confirms that this is indeed the case and that the split between the Edge of Tomorrow director and the studio was a “mutual parting of ways.”

Even with this new setback, it would appear Fox is still eyeing a January production start, with Josh Zetumer on writing duties. Oh, and the search is already ON for a new director for the X-Men spinoff movie.

Warner Bros. declined to comment about Doug Liman coming on board Justice League Dark, a movie Guillermo del Toro was originally attached to direct until this one was sidetracked by other projects and the movie was put on ice. New life was breathed into the project when Scott Rudin was tapped as producer last year.

As for Doug Liman, he recently finished filming The Wall with Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Amazon Studios and is set to helm Chaos Walking at Lionsgate, two projects he took on when Gambit was delayed for the bazillionth time (yeah, I'm exaggerating, but you know what I mean) a few months back.

What do you think about Doug Liman switching directing duties from Gambit to Justice League Dark? Are you happy about the news?

(via Variety, THR)

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