Channing Tatum's Gambit Movie Release Date Delayed

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Gary Hershorn ReutersDirector Gore Verbinski holds the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film for his work in Rango

Verbinski was given the director's chair in October, and there was no reason given for his departure from the project just three months later.

Though Deadlinereports that the split between Gore Verbinski and 20 Century Fox has been an amicable one that was more or less because of conflicts in schedule, this is the third time that Gambit has lost its director. He will be the second person to portray Gambit on the big screen, the first being Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Essentially, it will be trading places with another of Fox's "X-Men" films, "The New Mutants", which had been scheduled for June 7, 2019, but which will now land February 22, 2019. The project was expected to begin production this March in New Orleans, but it's unclear if that's still the case. It's a bad sign for "Gambit", which has sputtered in development limbo for quite some time, despite a strong commitment from Fox and still-attached titular star Channing Tatum. 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. Then again, when it comes to this particular movie, we won't be able to rest easy until production has kicked off in earnest, as there's been far too many false starts and stumbles.

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.

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Created by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in 1990, Gambit, a New Orleans native mutant, quickly became a fan favorite due to his kinetic energy manipulation abilities and penchant for stealing.

Wyatt was replaced in November by Doug Liman, but he would go on to leave the project in August 2016.

Of course, taking this whole situation at face value, we are also facing another question that needs to be answered: should the Gambit movie even happen at this point?

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