Fox’s Gambit, which was set to begin filming next month ahead of an October 7th, 2016 release, has just lost its director. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has left the project, citing scheduling conflicts that have arisen from a delay in the start of production. While no delay has been officially announced, rumor has it that the film will not begin lensing until early next year now.
There’s currently no word on if the October 2016 date will remain intact, but if production is pushed back as far as spring (which some rumors point to), I suspect it will be moved to an early 2017 release instead. Such a delay could also cause the film to lose Lea Seydoux as Gambit’s former lover, Bella Donna Boudreaux, if the actress has schedule conflicts of her own.
The project will happen regardless, but we may be seeing it roll next year with a new female co-star and definitely with a new director in place. If the film’s release is indeed moved to 2017, it would certainly better balance out Fox’s X-Men release slate. Gambit was originally set to be the third release next year in the now-expanded universe of the series. A move to 2017 would balance out both years to two releases a piece.
Gambit is expected to center on the titular character, Remy LeBeau, returning to his to his old New Orleans stomping grounds and dive back into the age old rivalry between The Assassins Guild and The Thieves Guild. Channing Tatum stars. The projects script comes from Chris Claremont and Joshua Zetumer and is produced by Reid Carolin, Channing Tatum, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Shuler-Donner.
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