Unfortunately for fans who have been waiting for Channing Tatum’s Gambit, it has been announced that the director chair is now open as Rupert Wyatt has left the project. This is another setback on the Gambit film that has encountered several problems in the past.
The Wrap reported back in July that Channing Tatum “is planning to exit the comic book project at 20th Century Fox” as discussions between his reps and the studio were not yet resolved.
However, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Tatum’s participation in the Gambit movie was not “in any real danger” as he has been attached to the film for a few years already as actor and producer. The Magic Mike star confirmed his involvement in the movie when he promoted his role as New Orleans thief Remy LeBeau, also known as Gambit, at San Diego Comic-Con.
Lea Seydoux was signed up to play Gambit’s love interest and childhood friend Bella Donna Boudreaux.
Gambit is set for release on Oct. 7, 2016. With Rupert Wyatt’s exit, 20th Century Fox will have to find an immediate replacement so they can meet the scheduled theater release in fall 2016.
Screen Crush reported that Wyatt has released a statement explaining the reason he bowed out of the movie, when it was already about to shoot in New Orleans early next spring. Wyatt said the schedule conflicts made him leave, but The Wrap wrote that other reasons might be budget and script issues for the Gambit movie that has been “troubled from the start.”