Rupert Wyatt Walks Away From “Gambit”

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I’m not sure Marvel is in a good place right now. Weeks away from Fantastic Four‘s debut-turned-crash-and-burn, things are looking murky regarding upcoming Marvel projects and trying to hire directors for said projects. Gambit, one of the spinoffs from the X-Men franchise, already landed a director in Rupert Wyatt, formerly of Rise of the Planet of Apes, but unfortunately news has broken that Wyatt has decided to leave the project.

Sources indicate that issues regarding the script and potential scheduling conflicts led to Wyatt electing to leave the film starring Channing Tatum and Léa Seydoux.

“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,” said Wyatt in a statement. “I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”

The script is written by Josh Zetumer, but this is without a doubt a setback for Marvel, who has big hopes that Gambit can be as big a draw character as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Where this leaves the project, I do not know, but Marvel seems to be at a crossroads and the need to get house in order is a must for future projects. Gambit is still scheduled for an October 2016 release.

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