Former Gambit director Rupert Wyatt

Why director Rupert Wyatt left the Gambit movie

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Sep 30, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT

A new report has revealed the real reason why Gambit is currently looking for a new face behind the camera.

Director Rupert Wyatt exited Fox's Gambit, starring Channing Tatum, earlier this month, with a scheduling conflict given as the official reason. But according to the Hollywood Reporter, it turns out that a difference of opinion over the creative direction for the movie might have been to blame instead.

Sources said that Fox executives questioned whether Wyatt was truly committed to the film, with one saying, "Ambivalence is not a good way to go into an expensive movie." That ambivalence, it seems, sprang from Wyatt not being able to convince the studio to fully support his vision for the picture -- a situation in which the director apparently found himself too uncomfortable to stay.

While called a "talented guy" and a "gentle soul" by two anonymous execs, Wyatt was also described this way by another: "I think he's a very principled guy. He wants to make the best version of something, and he's so desperately afraid of making something not good that it's easier to walk away than be pushed by committee."

Wyatt reportedly wanted to rewrite the script for Gambit, something he also wanted to do on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- which is why he dropped out of that sequel to his own Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He's also dropped out of films like The Equalizer and a sci-fi project called Agent 13, again over the same kinds of concerns.

In other words, Wyatt is operating in the same kind of space as filmmakers like Ava DuVernay, who passed on Black Panther; Michelle MacLaren, who left Wonder Woman; and even Joss Whedon, who declined the director's chair for the next two Avengers movies: They have specific, personal visions for these films, but unfortunately with the budgets and marketing involved, these franchises almost always have a lot more people wanting their opinions heard, whether it's studio staff, producers or even actors.

Meanwhile Fox and Tatum still want to make Gambit in time for an Oct. 7, 2016, release date, so they need to find a director soon. Hey, Josh Trank isn't doing anything at the moment ... JUST JOKING.