Rupert Wyatt Departs GAMBIT

Written by Andrew Pollard Thursday, 17 September 2015

Movie News

To say that 20th Century Fox’s Gambit has been stop/start would be a bit of an understatement. And now the film has some further problems.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that director Rupert Wyatt has left the project. On the news, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer said, “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.”

The notion of a Gambit-focussed movie is something that has been tossed around for the best part of a decade now, and things finally seemed on track when Wyatt was brought in and Channing Tatum was cast as Remy LeBeau. Then there were the issues of a few months ago, which saw Tatum looking to leave the project before deciding to finally sign on the dotted line. With their star in place, Lea Seydoux was then brought in as Bella Donna Boudreaux and production was seemingly set to start next month.

How Wyatt’s departure affects the film remains to be seen, although it would appear that 20th Century Fox would be best served to move swiftly in finding his replacement.

At present Gambit is set for an October 7th, 2016 release, but expect more on this as and when it develops.

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To say that 20th Century Fox’s Gambit has been stop/start would be a bit of an understatement. And now the film has some further problems.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that director Rupert Wyatt has left the project. On the news, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer said, “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.”

The notion of a Gambit-focussed movie is something that has been tossed around for the best part of a decade now, and things finally seemed on track when Wyatt was brought in and Channing Tatum was cast as Remy LeBeau. Then there were the issues of a few months ago, which saw Tatum looking to leave the project before deciding to finally sign on the dotted line. With their star in place, Lea Seydoux was then brought in as Bella Donna Boudreaux and production was seemingly set to start next month.

How Wyatt’s departure affects the film remains to be seen, although it would appear that 20th Century Fox would be best served to move swiftly in finding his replacement.

At present Gambit is set for an October 7th, 2016 release, but expect more on this as and when it develops.


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