The long-awaited Gambit solo movie has once again hit a snag on the way to production, this time losing director Gore Verbinski. Tatum still remains on board, and from what we understand, the search for a replacement is already underway.
Verbinski is best known for kicking off the ridiculously lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Disney (and the slightly less lucrative Lone Ranger movie).
Apart from announcing plans to develop a Kitty Pryde film with Deadpool director Tim Miller, The Hollywood Reporter also revealed that the studio has altered its release dates for three upcoming films: Deadpool 2, New Mutants and Gambit.
Gambit is now scheduled to hit theaters on February 14, 2019. Hopefully, this won't push back production too much, as filming was set to begin in March, with New Orleans playing host to the long-gestating X-Men project for a total of 10 weeks.
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. Fox could easily scrap the whole thing: Tatum has never appeared on screen in character before, and they haven't made any in-universe decisions that rely on that character specifically showing up.
In addition to having Gambit on the way, Fox has New Mutants coming out on April 13, 2018, Deadpool 2 on June 1, 2018 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018.
For anyone who watched X-Men in the '90s or is familiar with the comics, Gambit is one of those characters who has yet to get a fair shake in terms of adaptations.