Beleaguered superhero properties are nothing new for Hollywood, but the problems that have plagued Channing Tatum's X-Men spin-off Gambit are one for the ages, with the film having lost its third director in a row. First, it was Rupert Wyatt, then Doug Liman, and now Verbinsky.
There were reports yesterday that Fox had scheduled the film to begin production in March this year at the Big Easy Studios in New Orleans, the same location where the studio had shot Logan.
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Liman's departure resulted in a start from scratch mentality, something Tatum has acknowledged in the past as a good thing for the project. Previously set for release on Valentine's Day 2019, "Gambit" is now set to arrive June 7, 2019. It's been a passion project for the actor, who has always been attached and appeared as a surprise guest at Fox's X-Men panel at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2015.
"We got really lucky", Tatum told Yahoo Movies in July. His last film, A Cure for Wellness, grossed just $26 million worldwide on a reported production budget of $40 million, not including P&A.
According to "X-Men" mythology, Gambit was born in New Orleans as Remy Etienne LeBeau but was kidnapped from the hospital and raised by thieves. Tatum still remains on board, and from what we understand, the search for a replacement is already underway. That will obviously affect the film's planned release date, which is now scheduled for February 14, 2019. Since Star Wars movies are always genuine box office threats, this will at least give Deadpool 2 its time to shine before audiences.