gambit director

The development of Gambit has been something of a roller coaster. First, the film struggled for months to find a director as every A-list filmmaker turned down the job. Then, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt took the gig, only to drop out shortly thereafter. And producer and star Channing Tatum threatened to quit and then he was back on board. It has not been an easy road for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off, which was last seen quietly begging a new group of directors to please, for the love of God, sign on and make this movie happen, pretty please.

And lo and behold, one of those directors has apparently taken the gig. Doug Liman, the director of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow, has taken the gig. Hopefully, whatever scared everyone else away won’t affect Liman, who has a reputation for having stood firm through his fair share of troubled productions.

Hit the jump for more news on the new Gambit director.

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gambit directors

We don’t want to run around yelling things like “There’s something wrong with Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie!” because we don’t have a mutant power that lets us see behind the scenes of major film productions. However, based purely on everything that has been going on with this movie in public, it certainly seem like there’s something wrong with Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie. After all, it took months of searching (and a whole bunch of refusals) to land director Rupert Wyatt, who promptly dropped out of the project a few weeks ago.

Now, production on the X-Men spin-off has supposedly been delayed as the hunt for a director continues. Now, three new filmmakers are supposedly r in contention for the job. Like so many of the others who have passed on the film, they are one varied bunch: Doug Liman, Shane Black, and Joe Cornish.

Let’s dive into the potential Gambit directors after the jump.

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Doug Liman directing Jumper

Having lost Rupert Wyatt to creative differences and/or scheduling conflicts last month, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit has been on the hunt for a new director. And now, thankfully, it seems to be zeroing in on a good one.

Rumor has it Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman is wanted for Gambit, which will star Channing Tatum as the eponymous superhero. More on the Gambit Doug Liman rumor after the jump.

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Why Did ‘Gambit’ Lose Director Rupert Wyatt?

Gambit Rupert Wyatt exit

Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie suffered a big blow blow this month when Rupert Wyatt abruptly dropped out. At the time the director cited that old standby, scheduling conflicts. However, a new report points to creative differences as the real reason Wyatt left. Basically, he couldn’t get Fox to sign on to his vision. Find out what led to the Gambit Rupert Wyatt exit after the jump.  Read More »


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Anna Paquin Gambit

UPDATE: Anna Paquin has clarified that her comment on the Gambit movie only reflects what she knows so far — meaning, presumably, that things could still change.

In the X-Men movies, Rogue’s primary love interest is Iceman, but in the comics, she’s enjoyed a long, epic romance with Gambit. So now that Fox is finally making a Gambit movie, might Rogue drop by to make heart eyes at him?

According to Anna Paquin, no. The Rogue actress has confirmed in no uncertain terms that she will not appear alongside Channing Tatum in the Gambit movie. See the Anna Paquin Gambit evidence for yourself after the jump.  Read More »

Director Rupert Wyatt Walks Away From ‘Gambit’

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The Fox movie Gambit, which is set to star Channing Tatum as Marvel’s Cajun mutant, needs a new director. Rupert Wyatt, who did Fox’s successful film Rise of the Planet of the Apes and was set up to direct the film earlier this summer, has walked away from the movie. Read More »

Lea Seydoux in Sister

Gambit has found his cherie. Léa Seydoux has reportedly been offered the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux in the upcoming X-Men spinoff, joining Channing Tatum as the titular mutant superhero. Rupert Wyatt is directing. Get all the details on the Gambit Léa Seydoux casting after the jump.  Read More »

Gambit shortlist

I know, the shortlist story is a terrible trend, but it’s good to know that we’re not the only ones who saw Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and hoped she would immediately show up in other films.

Now there’s a shortlist of women who are reportedly the top contenders for the lead female role in Gambit. All three are said to be testing soon, all three have significant roles in major 2015 action films, and all are fairly different from one another. Ferguson is right there at the top of the list. And she isn’t the only Mission: Impossible veteran on the list, either! Read More »

Channing Tatum signed on for Gambit

Just a few days ago, fans looking forward to seeing Channing Tatum join the mutant ranks of the X-Men with the spin-off Gambit got some bad news. The Magic Mike and 21 Jump Street star was considering dropping out of the project set up at 20th Century Fox.

But we can all breathe a sigh of relief now as Tatum has officially closed his deal to play the title role in the X-Men spin-off, though negotiations did get a little shaky there for a bit. Find out more about how Channing Tatum signed on for Gambit below! Read More »

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Channing Tatum Might Drop Out of ‘Gambit’

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20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit may just have hit a major snag. Star Channing Tatum is reportedly on the verge of dropping out, just a few weeks after he hit Comic-Con to hype the film. More details on the possible Channing Tatum Gambit exit after the jump.  Read More »