Channing Tatum's Gambit Movie Release Date Delayed

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Gambit, the member of the X-Men whose very name implies a certain amount of luck (even though his actual powers have nothing whatsoever to do with that) simply can't catch a break when it comes to directors. Though Channing Tatum has remained a constant, the film has cycled through pretty much every available director in Hollywood, coming close to full production on multiple occasions before creative clashes and scheduling conflicts sent the studio back to the drawing board.

Gore Verbinski is no longer directing Gambit according to reports from multiple outlets. Tatum came back aboard for a Gambit solo movie in 2014, only for things to never come together for the project overall.

Deadline says Verbinski's parting of the ways is amicable ("scheduling issues"), and that Channing Tatum, who's always been attached to the film in the titular role, is still onboard.

The film is one of several X-Men projects in development at 20th Century Fox. But without a director, it seems like fans will waiting a while longer to see the card-throwing Cajun on the big screen again. 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.

Verbinski is the third director to leave the project, following in the footsteps of Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman.

Deadline.com said Thursday that scheduling conflicts forced the filmmaker to back out of helming 20th Century Fox's superhero movie, which is set for theatrical release February 14, 2019.

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