Hey, Do Any Of You Folks Wanna Direct GAMBIT?

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Let's just run down this list for a quick recap. No reason is given for the director's abrupt exit [UPDATE: It is reportedly due to a scheduling conflict], but Verbinski is now the third director to leave the project, which does not bode well. Liman eventually bowed out as well, in all likelihood because he wasn't satisfied with whatever form the script was taking.

At this point, Tatum should just direct Gambit himself in order to push his passion project through the studio system and keep everything on track for a March production start.

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You know where this is going, right? It was originally due out in October 2016, but was later pulled from production company 20th Century Fox's schedule. It's not clear what the reasoning is at the time of this writing.

So, what now? Well, the release date can be easily changed and there's a good chance that this whole thing could be thrown over the side when the Fox - Disney merger begins to take shape. Disappointing though that may be, THR notes that Gambit is "described as having a heavy comedic tone revolving around a heist, [and] will do better as a summer Marvel movie".

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Gambit is expected in theaters on June 7, 2019.

A mutant superhero who has the ability to transfer energy into solid objects, making them potentially explosive weapons, Gambit has a backstory involving a guild of thieves in New Orleans, where is was part of the Cajun community before moving to Westchester County and Xavier's School.

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In addition Deadpool 2 moves from June 1, 2018 to May 18, 2018, while The New Mutants will now be released February 22, 2019 instead of April 13, 2018. Nothing further is known at this time, but we're guessing - thanks to 20th Century Fox's ongoing success in the X-Men spin-off sub-genre - that yet another director will be announced any time now.