X-Men Spin-Off Gambit Gets Pirates of the Caribbean Director
The upcoming X-Men movie has a new director!
Gore Verbinski To Helm Gambit Film Starring Channing Tatum!
Pirates of the Caribbean and A Cure for Wellness director Gore Verbinski is in talks for a deal to direct the next X-Men spin-off film, Gambit. The movie is still set to star actor Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau, the playing card and staff-wielding New Orleans mutant with the power to manipulate kinetic energy making things explode by touching them. Tatum was first announced for the character way back at Comic-Con 2015, where he joined franchise stars Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds & Co. for Fox’s Marvel portrait which you can see below. Since then, Hugh Jackman has retired the claws and Fox had a complete change in their approach to making superhero movies, spurred on by the success of Deadpool and Logan. Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper, Edge of Tomorrow, American Made) and Rupert Wyatt (War for the Planet of The Apes) were both previously attached to helm the film. Wyatt exited in October 2015 after a “push in the start date” conflicted with another project. Liman signed on after him, but the film continued to be pushed and he exited in August 2016. Verbinksi is a great choice as he's never helmed a superhero film before and his weird, horror style will lend itself to the criminal underworld of Gambit.
According to Tatum, the delays might have been the best thing for the film. “We got really lucky. We had a first draft it was good,” Tatum told Yahoo at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con “but we were coming to at a time at that creative phase of the X-Men, where these movies went through a bit of a paradigm shift, where the X-Men movies and the superhero movies with Logan and Deadpool really broke down a lot of doors for us. We were trying to do some things that we actually weren’t allowed to do, and they just smashed down the doors, so we’re giving it a bit of a rethink.” The release date for Gambit is TBD.