Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum taps Gore Verbinski as director: Report

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Oct 5, 2017, 7:17 PM EDT

Could the much-discussed movie adaptation of Gambit starring Channing Tatum be finally one step closer to getting made? Apparently so.

That's according to a new report by Deadline, which says Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is currently making a deal to helm the project.

The X-Men spin-off has been in production limbo for a few years now with Fox, after multiple directors had been pegged for the project. It was first announced that Tatum would be involved two years ago at San Diego Comic-Con, so it feels only right that we should be getting word of this development just as New York Comic Con kicks off in full swing.

Before Verbinski’s name was thrown into the mix, Rupert Wyatt, who was originally attached as director, had exited due to scheduling conflicts. Edge of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman was later reportedly in talks for the gig, but went on to work on adapting the Chaos Walking books. In the meantime, the studio had to sit back and watch other solo X-Men films like Deadpool and Logan perform well to more mature audiences.

In fact, there has been some discussion about whether or not Gambit would go the same route as Deadpool in trying to appeal to an R-rated audience. But actor Tatum is still on the fence, telling Yahoo! Movies: “I don’t know yet. We’re not quite going there because I enjoyed Gambit as a kid so I don’t want to rule out PG-13. Some of the things we want to do is a little-bit R, but we’re not sure if it merits a full-on R yet.”

Judging by Verbinski’s rap sheet of movies, it could go either way. The director is obviously well versed in the more family friendly arena with the Pirates franchise as well as The Lone Ranger, and then also with more harder-edged stuff like horror (The Ring) and the more recent (and very disturbing) A Cure for Wellness.

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