Bad news for fans of the Ragin’ Cajun, as word comes in that production of the Gambit movie is on hold after losing another director.
Gore Verbinski, the most recent person to take control of this project, recently left; as a result, the studio is apparently going to put off the filming, which was set to begin in March in New Orleans.
Current set for release on Valentine’s Day 2019 (though that may change now), Gambit is a film in the X-Men franchise starring the titular mutant, who has the ability to make things that he touches explode; he is most famous for doing this to playing cards, which he throws at his opponents beforehand.
A lovable thief and inveterate womanizer, those behind the camera are hoping for his film to become the new Deadpool, but various production issues seem to be stymieing that goal.
As it stands, Gambit’s future is tenuous; like all the X-Men films, it is owned by Fox, but due to a deal struck with Disney last December, the movie rights to the Merry Mutants are now transferring to the Mouse House. This means that we could soon see Wolverine, Cyclops and Jean Grey fighting alongside the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that the various X-films in progress—also including X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants—could theoretically get canned at any time.
Nevertheless, Fox seems to be proceeding with them so far, and Disney itself has expressed an interest in keeping them running. Still, that may change for Gambit if it cannot get its production under control. Fans will just have to wait and see what happens in the coming months.