Updated November 13, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. EST: Following up on our earlier reporting, The Hollywood Reporter states that director Doug Liman is in "final negotiations" to take the reins of the troubled Gambit production, with meetings as recently as Thursday.
THR goes on to say that the other contenders for the directorship role are Joe Cornish and Shane Black. F. Gary Gray was reportedly approached earlier this year, but isn't currently "in the mix."
Original Story: After losing original director Rupert Wyatt in in September, Gambit leading man (and producer) Channing Tatum has approached Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, reports The Wrap's Jeff Sneider.
Tatum has never worked with Liman, but one of the main producers of the X-Men movies, Simon Kinberg, worked with the director on 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Kinberg, who also produced and wrote the recent Fantastic Four, brought up his earlier collaboration with Liman as a similar example of a difficult film to work on.
"I was there every day on set of Fantastic Four, as I am on anything that I'm the writer and the producer of. Some movies work out and some don't," said Kinberg, who's also working on the X-Men and Star Wars movies. "In my experience, there's not a direct correlation between the process and the product, meaning, I've been on some really hard movies, like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where we shot a lot of reshoots that were very difficult days, as extensively reported — and in some places, accurately reported. So, I read stories about troubled movies and then I go see the movies and I'm like, 'Wow, that movie turned out to be a great movie.'"
Liman's last film was 2014's Edge of Tomorrow, and he's currently filming a film with Tom Cruise titled Mena for release in 2017.
Gambit is scheduled for release October 7, 2016.