The upcoming Gambit movie is slowly coming together after it’s original director Rupert Wyatt left the project last month due to “creative differences”. However, these “creative differences” haven’t stopped Fox from pushing on with sourcing his replacement for the stand-alone X-Men film. Channing Tatum, who will be staring as the card throwing cajun, recently threw Doug Liman‘s (Edge of Tomorrow) name into the hat. However, if this new report from Heroic Hollywood is accurate then Liman may not be the only director that Fox is looking at.
Heroic Hollywood is reporting that both Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and Shane Black (Iron Man 3) are also in the mix for directing the Channing Tatum led X-Men spinoff film.
Between these three directors I am hoping that Doug Liman gets the director’s chair. Out of the three Liman has more big budget films on his resume, and has shown the ability to infuse humor into a heavy action film, such as in Edge of Tomorrow, which is what the X-Men have done well in their movies up to this point.
While both Corish and Black both have done well with Attack the Block and Iron man 3, they don’t have much more experience with blockbusters. For a character as beloved by fans as Gambit, there needs to be extra care taken with this movie. And at the moment I still feel that Liman is the way Fox should go.
Will I be upset if Liman is not chosen? No. The few films the other directors have done were not actually bad. I would just pick experience with this project.
Despite still not having a director, however, Fox is continuing to push Gambit‘s release date for October 7, 2016.