The X-Men spin-off Gambit seemed to be motoring along, but then hit a buffer finding a director, with numerous people turning it down, then Rupert Wyatt signing on, only to leave shortly afterwards. There was even talk of Channing Tatum leaving the title role.
However now the producers will be hoping they’ve sorted the problem, as THR reports that Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman is in talks to make the movie.
There’s no news on the specific plot, but Josh Zetumer has written the script, which will concentrate on the mutant who, as Wikipedia says, ‘has the ability to mentally create, control, and manipulate pure kinetic energy to his desire. He is also incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in card-throwing, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of a staff. Gambit is known to charge playing cards and other objects with kinetic energy, using them as explosive projectiles.’
The problems have meant that the original February 2016 release date definitely won’t happen, and while it’s currently dated for October 2016, don’t be surprised to see that slip into 2017.