Director Rupert Wyatt Leaves Channing Tatum's 'Gambit.' What Now?
Deadline reports that Wyatt chose to exit the film due to a scheduling conflict: The flick was initially set to start shooting in New Orleans in November, but studio Fox changed the start date to March, clashing with Wyatt's schedule.
"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," Wyatt said in a statement explaining his exit. "I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film."
According to Deadline, "There are rumors that there was some disagreement over script and budget" that prompted Wyatt to bail on the production, though the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" helmer has lots of buzz around him, so the scheduling excuse could indeed be a valid one.
Still, it's the latest problem plaguing the "Gambit" production, after the flick took forever to find a director in the first place. Wyatt seemed like a solid choice, but after so many people reportedly rejected the project, who's going to fill in now? And can Fox find them in time for the flick to make its March start date (and October 2016 release date)?
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