Men Spinoff Gambit Loses Director Gore Verbinski

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Deadline broke the news, citing "scheduling issues with several other projects on the director's plate", though those projects weren't specified, and as far as I can tell, Verbinski doesn't have anything imminently heading into production.

The movie also stars Lizzy Caplan as Bella Donna Boudreaux, Gambit's first love and the daughter of New Orleans' Assassins' Guild in the comics.

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).

This Gambit movie project just seems to be cursed. Filming was reportedly due to begin in March ahead of a planned February 14th 2019 release date. Updated with Gambit's new release date. Well, for New Mutants, The Wrap has reported that while the test screening for the new film was decently enough received, it did not meet studio expectations of how scary it should be.

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These are interesting times for 20 Century Fox and their X-Men series.

This is definitely a passion project for Tatum, and if this movie ever does come to pass, we'll likely look back on this moment as a key turning point for the project - either to lament the fact that Tatum should have let it go, or to praise him for his devotion to telling the character's story.

According to "X-Men" mythology, Gambit was born in New Orleans as Remy Etienne LeBeau but was kidnapped from the hospital and raised by thieves.

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.