Seems like Gambit just can’t get a leg up these days, as we’re hearing yet another report of problems bringing the Cajun mutant to the big screen. Director Rupert Wyatt has exited the film, leaving the Channing Tatum vehicle without a director as the film ramps up towards production.
Reports from both Fox and Wyatt have confirmed that the departure was due to a shifting start date that caused a scheduling conflict with Wyatt. Originally Gambit was scheduled to start filming in November, but has now moved to March of the following year. This obviously forced him to drop out of Gambit in favor of his other commitment, which he commented on in his statement:
“I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”
Some rumors have stated that late script changes may have been responsible for the revised shooting schedule, along with issues from filming during Mardi Gras that also pushed the film back to its new start date. While we don’t know what kind of late changes to the script could have delayed the film this much, it’s not the first shaky piece of news we’ve heard from Gambit.
Shortly after Fox gathered their Marvel actors on stage at SDCC ’15, reports started flying that Channing Tatum – who had been attached to the picture from the beginning – was also looking to drop out of the project. This struck most of the web as quite odd considering his very public appearance with the rest of the Fox crew on stage.
Of course he remained with the project – amid rumors of a new direction for the film that didn’t sit well with Tatum – but the number of issues we’ve seen develop as Gambit crawls slowly toward the projected March start date leaves us with a bit of a bad feeling about this film.
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And for more from Fox check out their plans for a Live Action Mega Man Movie, or read our look at X-Men: Apocalypse And The Future Of Fox Superhero Films, and might as well check out our Grizzly Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes for more on Rupert Wyatt.
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