Ex-GAMBIT Director Reveals Why He Left Project (And It Wasn't His Upcoming DC Film)

Channing Tatum / Gambit
Channing Tatum / Gambit
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Doug Liman was the last in a series of directors who left the helm of 20th Century Fox's beleaguered Gambit live-action film, and now the Bourne Identity alum has given his reason why.

“I'm all about the script, and I just wasn't feeling it,” Liman told LRM. “I've gotta connect to the script. On Bourne Identity, Matt Damon was always referring to himself as a 'script whore,' and I'm with Matt on that. It's like, you feel the script, that's everything. We make movies because we want to tell great stories. The Wall started with a contest Amazon ran, and Dwain's script rose to the top, and then it got handed to me.”

As of last report, the Gambit script is written by Joshua Zetumer based on a treatment by Chris Claremont. Liman reportedly participated in re-writes during his time on the project, along with actor/producer Channing Tatum.

Liman signed on to Gambit in October 2015, but then pushed back filming in order to do Amazon's The Wall. In August 2016 he ultimately left the project, with a new commitment to Warner Bros.'s Justice League Dark taking its place.

In February 2017, X-Men executive producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that Gambit remains in development at 20th Century Fox, with Tatum attached.

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