‘Gambit’ Standalone May Have Found Its Newest Director

By October 19, 2015
Director Doug Liman on the set of JUMPER.

Fox has been facing some major difficulties with their 2016 Gambit standalone film. After having to persuade star Channing Tatum more than once to sign onto the project, the solo film recently lost its long-time director Rupert Wyatt after the filmmaker cited scheduling conflicts led to him eventually pulling away from the film. Although there have been rumors of creative and budget differences taking place between the studio and Wyatt as well.

After Fox’s highly unsuccessful Fantastic Four reboot earlier this year too, the studio has seemed to be on some unsteady ground with all of their properties that don’t include the X-Men in their titles. With next year’s Deadpool standalone hopefully going to live up to fans’ long-time expectations and X-Men: Apocalypse bringing a conclusion to the current continuity’s trilogy as well, the studio may be able to make up for some of their recent failures.

According to a new report by Deadline too, it looks like Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman could be in talks to take over for Wyatt as director on the project. However, there are also rumors that the filmmaker could return to direct Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in a sequel for Edge of Tomorrow as well. Meanwhile, Jeff Sneider at TheWrap also confirmed he has heard rumblings about Liman’s possible involvement, but doesn’t seem as sure of the collaboration’s likelihood:

Liman has been on a bit of a high ever since Edge of Tomorrow ended up being one of the breakout hits of 2014 too, and he would be an interesting choice for the project as well. However, the studio is going to need to find a replacement sometime soon if they hope to keep the film’s Fall 2016 release date, and considering the project’s quality has been called into question over the past few weeks – Fox will have to find some way to restore fans’ confidence in the Gambit standalone.

Not much is known about the solo film yet, with Tatum set to play the beloved comic book character alongside Spectre‘s Lea Seydoux, who has been rumored to be playing Bella Donna Boudreaux. Liman has yet to enter into the comic book genre throughout his career, although he’s no rookie to the blockbuster spectrum after his work on the previously mentioned Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper, and more – all of which were welcomed to varied levels of success.

Gambit is set to hit theatres on October 7th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable