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Fox are really having a tough year aren’t they when it comes to their superhero projects? Despite most people being fairly excited for their upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool movies, it’s their other comic-book projects that are hugging the headlines this year. The Josh Trank helmed reboot of Fantastic Four was critically panned as one of the worst superhero movies of all time and just a few weeks ago Gambit lost its director Rupert Wyatt.
Wyatt’s departure was citied to scheduling difficulties after production on the project was shifted back to March 2016 but now a new report from THR claims the real reason he left was, surprise surprise, because of a distinct difference in vision of the character and world in which he lives in.
THR say that Fox “began to question whether Wyatt was in fact committed to moving ahead on the project.”
Despite the similarities »
- Gavin Logan
Just three months after signing on to direct 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero spinoff Gambit, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt backed out of the project two weeks ago. The departure was attributed to a shift in the Gambit production schedule, which was supposed to begin in November, but was then changed to March 2016, which reportedly conflicted with an unspecified project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the split happened because 20th Century Fox started questioning whether or not the filmmaker was truly committed to the project.
Ironically, just weeks before Rupert Wyatt signed on this past June, a report surfaced that actor/producer Channing Tatum was having trouble finding a director for Gambit. He reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, along with Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). All of those filmmakers passed on the project. But even after Rupert Wyatt signed on, »
Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie suffered a big blow blow this month when Rupert Wyatt abruptly dropped out. At the time the director cited that old standby, scheduling conflicts. However, a new report points to creative differences as the real reason Wyatt left. Basically, he couldn’t get Fox to sign on to his vision. Find out what led to […]
- Angie Han
2015 has been a shaky year for Gambit. Although Channing Tatum signed on as the card-throwing protagonist last year, his involvement with the movie was briefly in jeopardy for a few weeks until he signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately, now the film is dealing with the loss of director Rupert Wyatt. Although Wyatt’s departure was originally attributed to a scheduling conflict, it seems other issues may have actually been at fault. According to THR, Wyatt’s exit was the result of the studio wondering if he really was committed to Gambit, with an insider telling them, “Ambivalence is not a good way to go into an expensive movie.” According to an unnamed executive that THR spoke with: I think he's a very principled guy. He wants to make the best version of something, and he's so desperately afraid »
Just like Furious 8, the Channing Tatum Gambit movie is currently languishing without a director after Rupert Wyatt abruptly left the project two weeks ago. At the time, the official euphemism was that a "scheduling conflict" caused Wyatt to drop out, but now THR has the requisite anonymous quotes about the real reason he quit. Apparently, much like Don Draper, Wyatt only likes the beginnings of things: He's dropped out of projects at almost every major studio rather than see his vision be compromised. As one executive put it, "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."That's what seems to have happened with Gambit. As with every major tentpole franchise, Fox wanted input on the production; Wyatt apparently felt like their ideas clashed with his vision, and became increasingly stressed. »
- Nate Jones
2 weeks ago it was announced that director Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) had walked away from 20th Century Fox's Gambit film due to conflicts with another project. Makes sense given that production was moved from this fall to March of next year, but that may not have been the whole story. At least, not for Rupert Wyatt. The Hollywood Reporter has a few sources that cite... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Since helming Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt has parted ways with a number of studios over apparent creative differences. That includes Fox’a Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Equalizer at Sony, but despite that, it still came as a surprise when it was revealed that he would no longer be taking the helm of X-Men spinoff, Gambit.
Predictably, it seems the split ultimately came down to creative differences (and not the scheduling issues mentioned when it was revealed that he wouldn’t be directing).
While Fox were confident that Wyatt would deliver when it came to making a good Gambit movie – no easy task for any filmmaker, in all honesty, given what a random choice for his own movie the Cajun mutant is – it sounds like he simply began losing interest in the project when it became clear that he wasn’t »
- Josh Wilding
Last week we found out that Fox's Gambit movie had suffered another major blow when it was announced that director Rupert Wyatt had parted ways with the project. At the time both parties claimed the reason for the split had to do with script complications, which in turn led to an increased budget, ultimately delaying production and causing a conflict with one of Wyatt's prior commitments. Well, a new report from THR paints a slightly different picture. According to them, although the studio got on well with Wyatt ("He shows up. He comes early. He stays late. He's got good ideas"), the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director simply had a very different vision for what he wanted to do with the character, and Fox wasn't prepared to allow him to have creative control. That's not unusual when you're dealing with a massive $100 million superhero movie of course, »
Just when it seemed things couldn't get worse for 20th Century Fox following the debacle that was "Fantastic Four," a couple of weeks back it was reported that Rupert Wyatt had exited the studio's Gambit. The reasoning was that there was a "scheduling conflict," which seemed odd considering lensing was slated to begin this fall. But now, production has been pushed to next spring for the Channing Tatum vehicle which is still slated to open on October 7, 2016 (don't count on that release date holding), and as per usual, the story about Wyatt leaving the project is beginning to surface. While it's nothing near as salacious as what went on with Josh Trank and "Fantastic Four," THR reports that Wyatt left for a simple reason: creative control. According to the trade, Wyatt was as good a collaborator as anyone could want ("He shows up. He comes early. He stays late. He's got good ideas. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This story first appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. After this summer's debacle over Fantastic Four, it's easy to understand why 20th Century Fox executives got nervous when director Rupert Wyatt began to seem skittish about taking on its next Marvel character movie, Gambit. THR reported Sept. 16 that Wyatt exited the film, citing a scheduling conflict with an unnamed project. But multiple sources say the real split arose after the studio began to question whether Wyatt was in fact committed to moving ahead on the project,
- Kim Masters
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.
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. »
- Garth Franklin
Not much is known yet about the plot of Channing Tatum's upcoming "X-Men" spinoff flick, "Gambit," including whether or not fellow mutant Rogue will make an appearance. Now, actress Anna Paquin, who plays Rogue in the series, may have an answer.
In a Twitter exchange with fans earlier this week, Paquin was asked point-blank whether or not she will be in "Gambit." Paquin's response? A simple "no."
@ChargeTheCards @_Lady_S_ @shailenewoodley no
- Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) September 27, 2015
But when the media ran with that quote, stating definitively that Paquin wouldn't be in the flick, the actress backtracked a bit, updating Twitter once more to clarify that her statement "wasn't a press release" and that she just supplied "the information that I currently have." So does that mean that she will appear in the movie after all?
@ComicBook Oh dear! That wasn't a press release!!! I was asked and answered »
- Katie Roberts
The X-Men franchise is in a state of flux. The original series launched in 2000 by director Bryan Singer is said to come to a close with X-Men: Apocalypse, and future films will exist in a fractured timeline caused by the events seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Coming next year are two spinoffs, with Deadpool arriving in February and Gambit supposedly coming in October 2016 (that could change though). Its unclear how these next two adventures will tie into the past while creating a new future for the franchise, but one thing is certain. Anna Paquin will not crossover into Gambit despite how important Rogue is to that character.
Rupert Wyatt, best known for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the The Gambler remake, was set to direct Gambit, with production rumored to start before the end of the year. But he had to drop out due to scheduling issues. »
Apparently, Gambit has 99 problems, but Rogue ain.t one . which totally blows. Following the news that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt dropped out of the solo Gambit film for Fox, Anna Paquin has come out to confirm that she will not be reprising her role in the film. Talk about a missed opportunity. Paquin, who portrays Rogue in the X-Men films and appeared briefly in the theatrical cut of Days of Future Past, revealed the news on Twitter. User Gerard Skeleton (@ChargeTheCards) asked if the actress would appear in Gambit, to which to responded with the simplest of answers. @ChargeTheCards @_Lady_S_ @shailenewoodley no . Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) September 27, 2015 In the comics and the animated X-Men TV series, Gambit and Rogue had a very tumultuous and tragic relationship. The card-slinging mutant was smitten by her, though they could never be intimate, thanks to her power- and »
It seems like 20th Century Fox.s Gambit movie can.t catch a break. First there was initial trouble trying to find a director to make it. Then there was some drama with Channing Tatum, and stories suggesting that he would possibly leave the project. And then just a few weeks after that whole deal was settled, we got news that director Rupert Wyatt has decided to drop the film and move on to other endeavors. This means the studio is now rushing to find a filmmaker to take his place. so we.ve decided to help out with a few suggestions of our own. There are many things to consider when thinking about a possible director to make Gambit. It.s a filmmaker who should know how to shoot interesting and kinetic action, but you also want somebody who could find the proper tone to get the right amount »
Actor/producer Channing Tatum is finally starting to get one of his passion projects off the ground, literally and figuratively. We reported last week that director Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct an Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic for Sony Pictures, which has long had Channing Tatum attached to star in and produce. While we still don't know when production will begin, it seems the actor has already started his motorcycle training, posting a new video to his Instagram page earlier this week, where he is seen going over a few small jumps on a motorcycle.
It isn't known which of these two riders in the video is Channing Tatum, or who the other individual is, although we assume that the other person is the actor's trainer. The actor admitted that he has "a lot to learn," but he also called the experience fun and "completely terrifying in a good way. »
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including a potentially huge Star Wars: Episode VIII spoiler, who the main villain might be for DC’s Justice League movie (or Man of Steel 2, depending on who you believe), and Mark Hamill nearly dying during shooting The Force Awakens…
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We begin how we left last week – The Jungle Book trailer is out. The predominant reaction is ‘Disney are such money-grabbing, corporate demons; remaking and ruining our childhood with the director of Swingers and that horrid CGI stuff.’ Take a step back, naysayers. Bill Murray is playing Baloo, and he doesn »
- Oli Davis
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, The Sinister Six, Deadpool, Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool 2, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Justice League Dark, Man of Steel 2, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Vixen, Supergirl, The Incredibles 2, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Captain America: Civil War, and Sebastian Stan has been speaking about his return as the Winter Soldier in the Phase Three-launching ensemble: ““[The] character had, in my opinion, an introduction in The Winter Soldier — I mean, it was just sort of like a preview of the guy, which we get so much more of in Civil War. And I’m grateful for that. But to see that response to that »
- Gary Collinson
While it wasn't difficult to convince Channing Tatum to star in the upcoming "X-Men" spin-off "Gambit," there were reports that the actor was thinking of dropping out. While those reports turned out to be untrue, now there's a new issue to deal with. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Gambit" director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is no longer on board. Changing of the script caused the film's budget to be larger than expected. That extended the shoot, which created a scheduling conflict for Wyatt. Another report claims that the start delay was caused by the difficulties of shooting around Mardi Gras. "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," said Wyatt. "I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film. »
Gambit: Marvel's Gambit, starring Channing Tatum (above in Jupiter Ascending) as a Southern cardshark and ladies' man with superpowers, now needs a new director. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) has stepped aside, citing scheduling conflicts created when the start of production on the movie got pushed recently. It's not known what project Wyatt will be working on instead. Lea Seydoux is set to co-star with Tatum; filming is expected to begin in the early spring next year. [Deadline] Mary Poppins 2: We just heard that Disney is developing a sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins, and popular actresses are already being touted for the lead role. A new rumor suggests that Emily Blunt is "on Disney's radar" and "may even...
- Peter Martin
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