Director Rupert Wyatt has parted ways with the upcoming Gambit solo film. Wyatt was set to direct the feature since last summer and championed the movie even amidst rumors that lead star Channing Tatum was considering leaving.
The Hollywood Reporter state that Wyatt had to leave the film due to issues with the script that have raised budgetary concerns. However, the official statement from Wyatt says different: “I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”
According to Collider Fox remain confident in the project moving forward, adding that the original release date and all plans remain unchanged and to expect a new director soon. There’s little doubt that Gambit has a lot riding on it, with Simon Kinberg‘s recent confirmation that Fox are intending to really widen the X-Men movie universe with Gambit and Deadpool. Throw in the fact that Hugh Jackman is stepping down as Wolverine and Fox need some leading men and women to carry the franchise moving forward.
Regardless, for now, Gambit will be beginning production in early 2016.