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20th Century Fox's 'Gambit' Movie Loses Director Gore Verbinski

20th Century Fox's 'Gambit' Movie Loses Director Gore Verbinski

While Disney's Marvel Films have been PG-13 rated, maximizing the potential audience, Tatum said at July's Comic-Con International in San Diego that "Gambit" was at that time being reimagined in the wake of the success of "Deadpool" and "Logan", two Fox-owned "X-Men" spinoffs that broke the superhero-movie mold by embracing R ratings. Director Gore Verbinski is parting with the production, according Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other industry trade publications.

Deadline.com said Thursday that scheduling conflicts forced the filmmaker to back out of helming 20th Century Fox's superhero movie, which is set for theatrical release February 14, 2019.

It's unclear if Fox will still try to make that date.

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At this point, I'm starting to wonder if we're ever going to see this film.

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. Verbinski's departure follows the previous departures of Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt fromn the director's chair for different reasons.

Gambit, as you know, is a long-gestating X-Men spin-off to be centered around - you guessed it - Gambit, the staff-carrying, card-throwing mutant with a sassy cajun accent. He is known for his ability to create and manipulate pure kinetic energy. Considering Gambit's now had three directors to leave the film, there probably isn't a queue of talent waiting to take it on with this whiff on it. It has been in development since Grover Cleveland was in office (the first time).