After Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman, Director Gore Verbinski Exits "Gambit"



I have a theory about directors and superhero movies, well, it's not really a theory, it's actually mostly fact. If you have sense of self-pride or dignity and consider yourself an artist or an auteur, then you won't sign on to any Marvel or DC blockbuster. It's as simple as that. Unless, of course, you're Christopher Nolan and the WB decides to give you complete creative freedom to make a "Dark Knight" trilogy.
Countless filmmakers over the past decade have exited superhero movies, George Miller, Guillermo Del Toro, Ava Duvernay, Edgar Wright, Darren Aronofsky, and Paul Greengrass, to name a few. These aren't just any filmmakers, they are well-proven, seasoned auteurs that usually try to go into projects with as much creative control as possible, something Marvel and DC refuses to give a director. 

The Playlist has this:

"…and another one bites the dust. If it wasn’t already, “Gambit” is becoming something of a joke on the 20th Century Fox lot. In the works for years, the film has already been through two directors (Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman), a missed release date in 2016, and had at least one overhaul of the script (thanks to the R-rated success of “Deadpool” and “Logan“). Things looked like they were finally on track when Gore Verbinski (three “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movies, “A Cure For Wellness“) signed up to direct last fall, with Channing Tatum heroically still in the lead role. Even more, a 2019 release date was set with filming slated to start this spring. Well, another bump in the road has been hit."

"Variety reports that Verbinski has exited “Gambit,” once again leaving the cursed superhero movie without a director. There’s no reason for his departure, though the trade says the director “decided against” taking on the movie. There must be more to the story considering production was aiming to start shooting in March, and had even cast Lizzy Caplan in a supporting role. The question is whether or not Fox will try and hustle up another director to step in so they can keep everything on track, or perhaps more wisely, finally throw in the towel. No one is particularly asking for this movie, but then again, they may not want to give up a big tentpole slot next winter. However, with Disney set to take over Fox, maybe it’s just best to let it go."