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

Carla Harmon
January 13, 2018

According to The Hollywood Reporter, casting was already in full swing.

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

Gambit is expected to release in cinemas on June 7, 2019.

Essentially, it will be trading places with another of Fox's "X-Men" films, "The New Mutants", which had been scheduled for June 7, 2019, but which will now land February 22, 2019.

Well, months turned into years, and now it seems that the long-awaited Gambit movie is going to be even more awaited as it's been confirmed that director Gore Verbinski has dropped out of the production.

Also unclear is whether the move marks a change in direction for the film, perhaps prompted by Disney's impending acquisition of Fox. "We had a first draft. We make movies because we want to tell great stories".

Verbinski only boarded the film in October, taking over the reins from both Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow).

A mutant superhero who has the ability to transfer energy into solid objects, making them potentially explosive weapons, Gambit has a backstory involving a guild of thieves in New Orleans, where is was part of the Cajun community before moving to Westchester County and Xavier's School. Hailing from New Orleans, Gambit is perhaps best known for manipulating playing cards. It then brought in Gore Verbinski to take over director duties, but now it will need to find someone else to take the film to the finish line. Of that, $112 million was earmarked for in-state spending, including $28.1 million for Louisiana payroll.

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