Director Gore Verbinski exits Fox's Gambit movie

Director Gore Verbinski exits Fox's Gambit movie

It seems like losing its third director really has set back 20 Century Fox's Gambit spinoff.

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Gore Verbinski becomes yet another director to exit Fox's Gambit movie which was supposed to star Channing Tatum as the titular superhero. Tatum was replaced in that film by Taylor Kitsch, and considering its bad reputation, it seems to safe to say that the actor dodged a bullet.

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This Gambit movie project just seems to be cursed. Then The Bourne Identity's Doug Liman was brought on, only to leave as well.

Gore Verbinski is no longer directing Gambit according to reports from multiple outlets. But without a director, it seems like fans will waiting a while longer to see the card-throwing Cajun on the big screen again. After all, over an entire year passed between Liman exiting Gambit and Verbinski coming aboard. This is an unusual move so late in the game, as the Fox film has been in casting mode and has been gearing up to shoot in New Orleans in March. Even then though, said director would have to be fine with using the current script.

This is definitely a passion project for Tatum, and if this movie ever does come to pass, we'll likely look back on this moment as a key turning point for the project - either to lament the fact that Tatum should have let it go, or to praise him for his devotion to telling the character's story. Given that Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox, any further delay could well spell the end for the troubled project.

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