“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt has dropped out of his commitment to helm the Channing Tatum-led, “X-Men” spin-off movie “Gambit” at 20th Century Fox.
Heat Vision claims that script issues and budgetary problems have led to Wyatt’s exit, though Wyatt’s reps cite scheduling issues as the reasoning and that a change of the production’s start date caused a conflict:
“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.”
At last report “Gambit” was aiming to begin filming this Fall in Louisiana, but new reports suggest that has been pushed back to spring 2016 which would be a significant delay and would certainly throw the planned October 7th 2016 release date out the window.
Whether it will impact either Tatum or co-str Lea Seydoux’s attachment is also unclear. Josh Zetumer penned the most recent drafts of the script based on a treatment by Chris Claremont.
Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will produce.