– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For the longest time, the forever-talked-about Gambit film has struggled to make its way to the big screen. It’s gone through a couple directors, and at at least a few different times, it disappeared from most film fans’ radars altogether.

When Deadpool came out, and achieved a lot of success, the writers went back to the drawing board. Following both Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman jumping off, Verbinski hopped onto the project late last year.

Well, it looks like that was short-lived. Now, according to Deadline, Verbinski has pulled out of Gambit. What was the reason? Supposedly, it was was a scheduling issue, and he and 20th Century Fox split amicably. For those who think this spells doom for the franchise…you may be right, but it doesn’t sound like they’re throwing in the towel yet.

Channing Tatum is still on board to star, and given that they have a February 2019 release date, we’ll know within the next month or two whether or not it’ll hit it. If they hope to meet it, they’ll need to lock down a new director soon. When last we heard, the film was set to begin filming in March in New Orleans.

What do you think of Verbinski stepping down from Gambit? Do you think we’ll ever see the Ragin’ Cajun take to the screen in his own film? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

  • Smerdyakov

    Pull out Verbinski, like your father should have.

  • Wild Dreams

    Smh….they might as well scrap this bs and let the character debut in the mcu as part of the X-Men whenever the deal finalizes.

    • Victor Roa

      nah, have him debut on XForce instead.

      • Wild Dreams

        If they wanna go with something different then sure why not, I’m not entirely sure but I don’t think Gambit has been on an X force team before unless it was some what if scenario maybe ? I think it would go over better to have him debut in a somewhat familiar setting to start off with.

        • Victor Roa

          Gambit has been on XForce before, the past 5 years the team has been made up of this black ops style instead of the Teenage angst normal Xmen team with Wolverine leading both, but then leading to wolverine going “I can’t teach a school in the name of Jean Grey as a psycho killer.” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/288a25a372c9b713c87e76dfa51edd4db982bafaaa889215f175f4430b204126.jpg
          But like Tatum works well when he’s getting the piss taken out of him like Rock and his Improve scenes in GIJoe part 2. Have Deadpool take the haze him into the team,

  • Victor Roa

    so they lost the director who has the clout to get it made…… AGAIN! Still in limbo as the studio gets merged into Disney. No, they are not going to make that Feb of 2019 in this state even if they got Brett Ratner, they haven’t casted anyone.
    This is why deadpool had to be leaked by Blur studios mo cap work, I’m pretty sure Disney is looking at this and going “why do you have tatum on pay and he hasn’t done anything for 3 years?” If they can get Rob Marshall to sleepwalk a Pirate film they could get anything done.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.