20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff, Gambit, has not had an easy time getting off the ground. Following rumors of script problems and whispers of star Channing Tatum thinking about dropping out, the film’s director, Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), eventually walked, and Fox has been searching for someone else to helm the picture ever since.
Now, it seems that the studio may have found an answer to their problem in Edge Of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman. A rumor began doing the rounds that Tatum – who will also produce – was keen to get Liman on board, and that would seem to have been confirmed by The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider, who sent out the following Tweet earlier today.
True that Channing Tatum has been courting Doug Liman to direct GAMBIT. We’ll see if he goes for it though…
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) October 18, 2015
Of course, just because Tatum wants him to direct doesn’t mean he’ll take him up on the offer, but you never know. Liman would certainly be a good fit for the project, as he obviously knows how to shoot action and has provided several thrilling films over the course of his career. While Wyatt would have done a solid job, we’re certainly not opposed to Liman replacing him.
Gambit will also star Lea Seydoux and is currently scheduled to be released on October 7, 2016. Tell us, who do you want to see direct the film?