Rupert Wyatt drops out as director of X-Men spinoff Gambit

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Sep 17, 2015, 10:28 AM EDT

It wasn't too long ago that it looked like Channing Tatum might leave the Gambit film over a contract dispute. They managed to lock him in, but now the film is apparently looking for a new director.

According to Deadline, director Rupert Wyatt has left the project over a scheduling conflict. The film was originally set to start filming in November, but when production was delayed until March, it apparently conflicted with one of Wyatt’s other pending projects. With a few months of lead time before filming, the report notes Fox should move quickly to fill the role — and there are apparently no questions about whether to move forward. The movie is definitely happening.

Here’s the official statement Wyatt released about the exit:

“I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”

Though the official line is a scheduling issue, the original report also pointed to rumblings that a conflict over the script and budget could’ve potentially been a contributing factor. Considering the studio already duked it out with Tatum over pay, that doesn’t sound too far-fetched.

With Wyatt gone, it’ll be interesting to see who Fox goes after to fill the role. It’s always tricky to make a change this late in the game, and sometimes it works (see: Ant-Man), while sometimes it doesn't (see: X-Men: The Last Stand). Considering this is shaking up to be a high-profile spinoff, Fox has a lot riding on Remy LeBeau.

Who would you like to see take up the reins next?

(Via Deadline)