Why Did Rupert Wyatt Exit “Gambit”?

Following on from his success with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” filmmaker Rupert Wyatt has become famous more for the films he has dropped out of than the one he actually made – “The Gambler” remake.

The drop outs included the ‘Apes’ sequel, the Charlize Theron-led “Agent 13,” a Michael Fassbender-led Alexander Litvinenko project, and the Denzel Washington-led “The Equaliser” reboot.

His most recent departure was two weeks ago when he dropped out of the “X-Men” spin-off “Gambit” starring Channing Tatum. At the time he cited a scheduling conflict with an unnamed project.

Now, sources for THR say that the real split arose after the studio questioned whether Wyatt was in fact committed to doing the project.

This reportedly isn’t a “Fantastic Four”-style situation where the director became withdrawn and isolated, Wyatt is “a talent guy… he shows up. He comes early. He stays late. He’s got good ideas.” The trade’s explanation is that Wyatt has been unable to convince studios to sign on to his vision – as a result his anxiety mounts and he leaves:

“[Wyatt is] a very gentle soul, very considerate…. I think he’s a very principled guy. He wants to make the best version of something, and he’s so desperately afraid of making something not good that it’s easier to walk away than be pushed by committee… Many have ended up in director’s jail when they didn’t walk away, and perhaps they should have.”

Wyatt is currently developing the project “Goliath” for Paramount Pictures.