Tatum came back aboard for a Gambit solo movie in 2014, only for things to never come together for the project overall. That is, until Gambit hit yet another roadblock today, with Deadline reporting that Verbinski has now dropped out, leading us to believe that this spinoff is indeed cursed.
It is the latest turn on the project, which at previous points had Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt attached to direct the pic about Gambit/Remy LeBeau (Tatum), who has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, turning anything he touches into a weapon. Then Gore Verbinski came on-board and all seemed to be back on track.
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Tatum is still attached to star in the movie. After news broke of Verbinski's exit, Fox said Gambit has pushed back its release date of February 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019. It's not a massive push but they need to find someone quick otherwise this project will be DOA. It just seems as if no one can quite figure out how to approach the character.
Gambit, as you know, is a long-gestating X-Men spin-off to be centered around - you guessed it - Gambit, the staff-carrying, card-throwing mutant with a sassy cajun accent. He's an interesting enough character in the X-Men universe and if done properly could make for a very interesting movie. Channing Tatum remains aboard as the lead role. I wouldn't be surprised to hear later on down the line that the executives at Marvel and Disney may have had a hand in Verbinski's departure but that's just speculation.
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It's a shame, because it actually seemed as if the Gambit movie was finally making some progress.
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