We’ve been reporting on Tatum’s solo Gambit project since 2014, back when it was believed that the actor would be making his first appearance as the mutant in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Directors Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) have come and gone and the project seemed to be stuck in development hell. Things finally looked good when Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring, signed on and took the helm. Well…
Deadline is reporting that Verbinski will no longer be directing the Gambit movie. The split between the filmmaker and Fox was apparently an amicable one, coming down to scheduling issues on the director’s part. Verbinski is also currently in pre-production on another long-gestating project, Spaceless, which tells of an astronaut tumbling through space with just his spacesuit’s computer to keep him company.
Gambit now has new U.S. release date, moving from February 14, 2019 to June 7, 2019. According to THR, the film, which will have “a heavy comedic tone revolving around a heist”, is expected to see a better box office with a U.S. summer release.
Stay tuned for the next, and hopefully final, director to sign up.