Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

'Gambit' Loses Director Again as Gore Verbinski Exits Before March Shoot

'Gambit' Loses Director Again as Gore Verbinski Exits Before March Shoot

Gambit is expected in theaters on June 7, 2019. Directors have been dropping left, right and centre. This is something which other studios seem to struggle with as they regularly announce shifts in release dates as they struggle to align their planned schedules versus actual delivery.

Gore Verbinski has abruptly exited as the director of 20th Century Fox's superhero movie Gambit just two months before production was slated to start in New Orleans, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

We'll keep you posted as we hear more...

Prior to yesterday's switcheroo, 20th Century Fox had originally slated Gambit for a release on Valentine's Day, 2019, where it joined The LEGO Movie 2 and the Silver and Black spinoff from Sony Pictures.

De Grandhomme back in New Zealand squad
New Zealand named the same lineup that won the first match of the five-match series by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system. The fearsome bowling attack will have to come to the party, and soon, for Pakistan to counter an in-form New Zealand batting.

Also unclear is whether the move marks a change in direction for the film, perhaps prompted by Disney's impending acquisition of Fox.

Free Association's Tatum and Reid Carolin are producing the film with X-Men overseers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. While there will be the inevitable success with the new Deadpool movie and the next X-Men sequel coming later this year, not everything else appears to be coming together as smoothly. "We were trying to do some things that we actually weren't allowed to do, and they just smashed down the doors, so we're giving it a bit of a rethink".

Verbinski is the third director to leave the project, following in the footsteps of Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman. Unfortunately, he didn't last long. Tatum, a MS native whose father is from Metairie, boarded the project in May of that year.

Channing Tatum remains attached to star as the comic book character - a New Orleans thief with the ability to turn anything he touches into a weapon - and Lizzy Caplan had been in talks for the female lead, though a new director may wish to recast the role if her deal isn't closed yet. In addition, he's a ladies man and proud Louisianan who is an expert in card-throwing and the use of a bo staff. It has been in development since Grover Cleveland was in office (the first time).

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