Let’s do a brief recap of the Cajun clusterfuck that has been Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie.
—In early summer of 2014, we first got word that Charming Potato had been cast in the standalone movie. (Sorry, Riggins.) Speaking on behalf of the entire movie-going world, literally no one had a problem with this idea. Because:
—At the end of that month, Lea Seydoux began “circling” the project as the female lead. She’s listed as “rumored” on the movie’s IMDB page, but as far as I can tell, hasn’t been confirmed.
—A couple of weeks later, the movie’s director, Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) left the project, stating that old standby “scheduling issues” after a number of delays to initial start dates for production.
—In October of last year, Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) was in talks to direct.
—At the end of February, Fox officially removed the October 6, 2016 release date from Gambit’s schedule. You know, since it hadn’t even started shooting yet and from the sound of it, the extensive rewrites to the script were still ongoing.
—Today it was announced that Liman was out.
So, to recap, this movie— which was supposed to have started shooting in the first quarter of this year— has one actor attached, will be on its third director, maybe doesn’t have a script, and has been removed from Fox’s release slate.
Oh, Channing. It sounds like it’s time to put away those cards. Sorry, mon cheri.