Rupert Wyatt Leaves Gambit

“Gambit” Loses Director Rupert Wyatt


The Rise of the Planet of the Apes director bids adieu to the upcoming X-Men sideshow citing scheduling issues.

The problem with Star Wars and Marvel? They make multi project universes look simple to maintain. But that’s the only problem, I promise. For most studios, it’s not so straightforward. There’s been a lot of talk recently that Channing Tatum had plans to leave Gambit, the new spin off from Fox’s X-Men Universe. While there’s been no confirmation of Tatum’s move as yet, the project has a slightly different problem: turns out their director is leaving.

Empire is reporting that Rupert Wyatt is making arrangements to disembark from the good ship Gambit. The reason? Nothing more sinister than a scheduling issue. Plans to include Mardi Gras New Orleans footage put a considerable spanner in the works, and this has played havoc with Wyatt’s schedge.

With Hugh Jackman taking his final bow as Wolverine, Gambit is very likely to be seen as a new solo X-Man who’s versatile enough to handle his own franchise. So with Wyatt leaving, Fox is bound to be looking to replace the director very quickly.

Here’s what Wyatt’s representatives had to say:

“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. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film.”

It’s not hard to imagine that the Rise of the Planet of the Apes director simply couldn’t commit the time – he’s a popular guy. It’s also not hard to believe that scheduling issues could cause tension and chagrin among the Gambit team that would cause the director to relocate to another project.

There’s no word as yet on whether key cast members Tatum or Leya Seydoux will be leaving along with Wyatt, but hopefully that isn’t the case.

So who would you like to see direct Gambit?

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