"Why u do dis to me, Fox?" Photo credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
“Why u do dis to me, Fox?” Photo credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

The Gambit movie is beginning to take on the look of a distinctly troubled production. Last August, there was talk that Channing Tatum might drop out of the production. The following month, it lost its initial director Rupert Wyatt. Then in Feb, it lost its Oct 2016 release date, with an untitled Marvel movie taking its place.

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Now, rewrites have led to a delay in production till the end of the year. Originally scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2016, Gambit is currently being rewritten by Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin, while director Doug Liman is looking to take on other projects during the hiatus. He’s reportedly in negotiations to direct psychological thriller The Wall, Amazon Studios’ first original movie.
There are all kinds of reasons for movie scripts to be rewritten – actors dropping out, budget limitations etc – , but it suggests that Fox is uncertain what direction/tone to go with for the movie.
It’s been a decidedly mixed year for Fox, with the wildly successful Deadpool (see our review) coming with the wildly unsuccessful Fantastic Four reboot (see our review). The X-Men franchise has been a consistent winner for the studio, and they could surely have used a smoother ride for Gambit.

Oh, well. At least there’s still X-Men: Apocalypse in May to look forward to.