After coming close to losing it’s star in July, it appears as though Fox’s hardly anticipated Gambit film has just lost it’s director, Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources claim that recent script rewrites resulted in the budget being much bigger than what was expected, as well as that the shooting schedule interfered with another project the director was working on. These details, among others presumably, resulted in Wyatt backing out of the Channing Tatum-starring X-Men spinoff.
“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. “I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”
The film was set to start shooting in early Spring, and seeing as how that’s still a few months away, Fox may be able to get another director on board by them. Personally, I don’t think this movie will be delayed due to this, just as Marvel’s Ant-Man went ahead with it’s original release date despite losing director Edgar Wright. Fox will likely hire a new director very soon so that they can film on schedule. The movie is currently set to be released October 7th, 2016. Stay tuned, as more news regarding this movie will probably pop up in the coming weeks.