Gambit movie delayed as Doug Liman shifts to sci-fi book series, Chaos Walking

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Jun 14, 2016, 11:17 AM EDT

Fox's long-delayed Gambit movie just can't grab a break, with news of attached director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) taking his talents elsewhere for his next project.  According to Variety, Liman is in serious negotiations to adapt the trilogy of young-adult novels Chaos Walking, from author Patrick Ness.  Slated for a 2017 start date, this dystopian sci-fi saga was originally going to be directed by Robert Zemeckis, with a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malcovich, Adaptation), and Liman latched onto the Lionsgate project when their interest waned.  


Chaos Walking takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape in which women are strangely nonexistent and living creatures can read each other's minds, and chronicles the odyssey of a young boy and his dog as he treks across the wasteland and discovers a mysterious silent girl. The books were published from 2008-2011 and were acclaimed best-sellers.

Liman is the second director to walk off the Ragin' Cajun's cinematic outing after Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) exited in 2015 due to rumored "scheduling conflicts." With Liman leaping away from Fox's Gambit movie, and star Channing Tatum eyeing enticing opportunities elsewhere in the DC Extended Universe, it may be time to start saying your farewells to Remy LeBeau making it onto the silver screen in the near future.  20th Century Fox, who owns the rights to the magical Marvel mutant who last appeared in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is now potentially left without an A-list director or star.  With interest cooling off after Liman's departure, Fox needs to act fast to keep fan interest from vanishing into the ether, or devote attentions to other arenas.


Are you intrigued by Liman taking on Chaos Walking, or should he have stuck it out with Gambit?

(Via Gamma Squad)