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In that great competition of troubled superhero productions, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off Gambit has just pulled ahead of the Flash movie by losing a third director, topping The Flash’s record by one whole director. Gore Verbinski is the man who made this happen, with Deadline reporting that he has split from Gambit because of “scheduling issues”—everybody’s favorite vague justification for dropping out of a big movie project. Verbinski had initially signed on around October of last year, and even then he only seemed mildly committed, but he can now join both Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt in the exclusive club for filmmakers who dropped out of making the Gambit movie.

The movie is now penciled in for a June 7, 2019 release, but it’s becoming more and more obvious that Channing Tatum should just make the movie himself if he’s so interested in playing the eponymous card-slinging, staff-swinging X-man. It could be like a hangout movie where he talks to Lizzy Caplan about N’awlins and does cool poses in his trench coat. That’s everybody’s favorite thing about Gambit anyway.

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