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Fox Recruiting Pirates Of The Caribbean Director For Gambit Spinoff

06 October 2017

The Channing Tatum-led Gambit film has a new director.

After first being announced at SDCC in 2015, the X-Men spinoff has been suffering a string of bad breaks, losing both previously announced directors Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt. In addition to the first three, and best, Pirates movies, he directed The Ring remake and Rango. Now we've got another (hopefully just the joining part, not the leaving part) in Gore Verbinski.

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The publication notes that the X-Men spinoff is now one of the high priority projects of the studio because of Channing Tatum's willingness to star as Rajun Cajun, and indications seem to point that the studio's close to nabbing Verbinski. He was played by Taylor Kitsch in that occurrence, but with Fox resetting their X-Men timeline (not that it made sense before or after) with X-Men: Days of Future Past, that opened the door for a new actor to take on the role.

Tatum is producing with partner Reid Carolin through their Free Association production company, along with Simon Kinberg. Gambit is a mutant who has the power to charge objects with kinetic energy, with his most notable weapon being playing cards. Fox has three X-Men movies scheduled for next year with "New Mutants" set to open April 13, "Deadpool 2" on June 1, and "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" on November 2.

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If hired, Verbinski would be the third director attached to the project. The scrupt was written by Josh Zetumer.

Gambit now has no release date.

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Fox Recruiting Pirates Of The Caribbean Director For Gambit Spinoff