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The bad news just doesn’t end in the world of comic book movies. Today, reports have emerged stating that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) who was set to direct Gambit, has walked away from the movie. First Channing Tatum leaves the project, then Tatum signs on to the project. Then there are stories of script issues. Finally, this happens. At this point, it’ll be a miracle if the movie ever gets done. So what gives? The answer is a lot simpler than you think.

Comic book movies have turned into a really bad relationship with fans. Everywhere you turn, there’s disappointment. At one moment, it feels like Christmas, then the next, your heart is being torn out of your chest. This is one of those instances. So why is Wyatt walking away? It turns out he just doesn’t have time. Remember all those script issues that were being thrown around? Those issues have finally built up enough that it’s caused the movie to be pushed back and thus causing Wyatt to walk away. Here’s what he had to say about the matter,

“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.”

A couple of thoughts pop into mind. First of all, how much was he going to regret not having to work with Fox? Probably not a whole lot, but that’s a minor point. The real concern is with Tatum. He was looking forward to making this movie with his buddy, and now that buddy won’t be there to keep him sane. Let’s not forget that Fox may be looking to make Gambit a prime time player since Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) will be retiring soon. This movie feels likes it’s becoming more  of an internal political/logistical problem than something that people genuinely wanted to make and see.

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It’s a shame, too. Like DeadpoolGambit was another movie a lot of fans had on their radar. Maybe we’re rushing into things. In 2000, we got our real first taste of a comic book movie with X-Men. Since then, we’ve been flooded with them. Who could have imagined this many versions of Spider-Man on the big screen in so many years? In the end, it may be best to leave this movie alone until the circumstances are right to make it.

Also, whatever happens, it couldn’t be worse than this…

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Gambit was originally slated for release on October 7, 2016.

Source: Slashfilm

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