Oh man, wow. Seriously, Fox, it might be time to think about cancelling the Channing Tatum Gambit movie. You can’t keep burning through directors like this.
“Gambit” has not had an easy development period. The film has been bouncing around at Fox for several years now, and has never seemed particularly like it might actually start filming – even now, when it has an actual film date.
Two years ago, Doug Liman, director of “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Bourne Identity”, was on board to direct “Gambit”. Then, he dropped out to go and make “Justice League Dark”, which he also eventually gave up on.
For a long time, “Gambit” didn’t have any director at all. Then, Gore Verbinski of “Pirates of the Caribbean” fame joined the project.
Recently, Fox announced that “Gambit” would begin filming in March, and all seemed to finally be going well for the movie.
Now, Gore Verbinski has quit, and this beautiful trainwreck has provided yet more entertainment for those of us who are laughing as we watch this whole sordid mess get even more ridiculous.
The smart move for Fox is to cancel the movie outright. This would come as a disappointment to Channing Tatum, but nobody else would really mind all that much.
Fox will not do this. They’ll go ahead with their scheduled filming date despite not currently having a director. They’ll get some poor soul to take on the role at short notice, essentially killing their career in exchange for a decent paycheck,
The movie will be made, and it’ll be released. It’ll be far, far worse than anything Fox has done recently. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” bad. “X-Men: The Last Stand” bad.
Seriously, based on everything we’ve seen of this tragic movie production thus far, “Gambit” is going to tank so hard that it’ll be utterly hilarious.
Some of us who’ve been following this film from the start will be there, opening night, to enjoy the show. This is going to be one of those rare, once in a generation flops that leaves everybody stunned.
“Gambit” is going to be so bad that it’s good. It’s going to be wonderful because of its many, many flaws.
One thing is certain: whatever happens next with this movie, it’s probably going to be hilarious.