The solo Gambit movie is once again without a director, as Gore Verbinski has left the film due to reported scheduling issues. Director Gore Verbinski is parting with the production, according Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other industry trade publications.
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. This is an unusual move so late in the game, as the Fox film has been in casting mode and has been gearing up to shoot in New Orleans in March.
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Liman's departure resulted in a start from scratch mentality, something Tatum has acknowledged in the past as a good thing for the project. It's been a passion project for the actor, who has always been attached and appeared as a surprise guest at Fox's X-Men panel at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2015. We're hoping that Tatum's enthusiasm for the film doesn't wane or else fans are never going to get to see this Gambit movie. Following a few more small delays, production on Verbinski's Gambit was set to finally begin in March. Hailing from New Orleans, Gambit is perhaps best known for manipulating playing cards. If Tatum had bailed as well then the movie itself might be in jeopardy - and no one wants that. Tatum still remains on board, and from what we understand, the search for a replacement is already underway.
Budget details for the film were unavailable, although its original 2015 filing with the state film office indicated at the time that it was operating with a $155 million budget.