Sunday, 25 September 2016

Director Doug Liman leaves Gambit for Justice League Dark

20th Century Fox's X-Men spin-off Gambit just can't seem to catch a lucky break. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) director Doug Liman, who had been attached to finally make the movie, has now dropped the project in favour of DC Entertainment's Justice League Dark film.

Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) remains on board to star as the smooth talking, kinetic energy utilising Cajun mutant also known as Remy LeBeau. 20th Century Fox have been trying to get this one made for years, with at least one other director – Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), who left late last year. When Liman came aboard, the script was still in need of rewrites, and Liman was actually able to squeeze in another film in the meantime, psychological thriller The Wall.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest development was a "mutual parting of the ways", perhaps prompted by yet more script issues. Josh Zetumer (RoboCop) is still at work on the screenplay, which Fox hopes to have shooting in January, though obviously whoever comes aboard now will face more of a time crunch.

As for Justice League Dark, that move is even more of a surprise, though it might play more to Liman's strengths given that it is an ensemble movie made up of characters from the shadier side of the DC Expanded Universe, including John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and others. Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) developed it to direct, but left to concentrate on his other movies, including The Shape Of Water, which is currently shooting. As for what this means for the planned animated version of Dark Universe/Justice League Dark, that has yet to be revealed.

Liman has Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) drug transport drama American Made (formerly known as Mena) due on 25 August next year, while The Wall has yet to lock in a date.

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