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Gore Verbinski No Longer Directing ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’

With Twentieth Century Fox going dark with their X-Men spinoff, New Mutants, I had a lot of hope for their other spinoff, the long-gestured Gambit.

Not only was it going to give one of the coolest X-Men characters his own movie, but it was going to be directed by the outstanding Gore Verbinski (who directed both The Ring remake and the first and only good Pirates of the Caribbean). Unfortunately, THR confirmed today that Verbinski is no longer directing and the studio is now seeing a new filmmaker to bring the character to live.

Verbinski is just one of a number of directors who come and gone on the project. Verbinski joined the movie in October following departures of Rupert Wyatt in October 2015 and Doug Liman in August 2016.

Even with no director, Channing Tatum is still attached to star as the New Orleans-based mutant known for throwing cards and manipulating kinetic energy.

Fox has previously set a date of Feb. 14, 2019, for the film, which does have a script by Josh Zetumer. A March shoot was in the cards (no pun intended), but it looks like things will be shifting to a later date.

As much as I love Taylor Kitsch, he was completely miscast as Remy LeBeau in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. With that said, it would be great to see Wolverine/Logan appear in the film, if not Bishop.

What do you guys think?



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  • Bart Crowe

    Maybe cut your losses and just cram Gambit into the next X-Men movie or Deadpool 3. This movie has been talked about almost as long as that live action Akira or The Crow reboot.

    So dumb question but is Gambit really that popular that he deserves his own spin-off movie? I liked him in the X-Men comics and the cartoon as a kid but he was far from my favorite.

    • Bill

      Exactly. I don’t see the point. I dig Gambit but I don’t see a solo film making much sense.

      • Jeff

        Specially if it stars that idiotic looking knuckle dragger Channing Tatum

        • DJ sTikInsEkT

          every single one of your posts is negative. got Erectile dysfunction? impotent? something in your life bugging you to vent your rage on here

  • Bill

    Gambit hasn’t been relevant in years. He doesn’t even have that interesting of a story. Just move on.

  • James

    Either in a solo film, or a full x-men film, I just want to see Gambit on the big screen.

  • Grimphantom

    “Not only was it going to give one of the coolest X-Men characters his own movie”
    You’re being sarcastic, right?

    • Bamf

      You’re right. Gambit is THE coolest X-Men character.

      • Jeff

        Not even close

  • MODOK

    Sources say he left the project because of a disturbing lack of eels.

  • dukeblues

    I’ll pass if Tatum is the star

  • Jeff

    You think Taylor was miscast but you are fine with Neanderthal Channing in the role?

  • Jay Bennett

    Hey remember when this was meant to release late 2016?

  • Barry El Beardo

    Gore Verbinski is an overrated director and he directed the first 3 POTC movies, not just the first one.

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