The “X-Men” spin-off feature “Gambit” still hasn’t set a production or release date at this point. Originally slated for an October 2016 release, the project stalled before it went into production due to several behind-the-scenes changes.
The most notable was the departure of original director Rupert Wyatt, the hiring of “The Bourne Identity” and “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman, and then Liman’s subsequent exit from the project. We Got This Covered spoke with Liman this week and he explained why he dropped out of the project:
“I look for a personal connection to the movies I make and it may not be immediately obvious. You know, like what’s my connection to Jason Bourne? I have a deeply personal connection to that movie because it’s all about Iran-Contra and my father ran the investigations into Iran-Contra.
In every story I have a personal connection. The Wall, you’d be like what could this filmmaker from New York possibly have in common with these two soldiers pinned down in Iraq? But The Wall is really about perseverance. It’s about picking yourself up and you just keep going and that’s something I have firsthand experience with. Not in war but in other aspects of life.
With Gambit, I just never found that personal way in. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Wyatt departed over budgetary disagreements, whereas with Liman it seems to be essentially a lack of creative interest. Chris Claremont wrote the treatment for the film which Fox is still developing.