For a project as high profile as 20th Century Fox‘s “Gambit,” things have been relatively quiet since Rupert Wyatt exited the film last month. The word around the campfire was that the studio and filmmaker weren’t gelling about his vision for the project, and while a 2016 fall release date remains on the calendar for “Gambit,” it’ll be interesting to see if that sticks. The production was supposed to begin this fall, but has now been pushed to next spring, and at the moment, there is still no director attached, but a potential name has emerged.
Mike Fleming over at Deadline reveals that “recent Hollywood chatter has Doug Liman on an inside track to direct Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit. ‘ ” The filmmaker’s schedule seems to be open for the gig, having already wrapped on the Tom Cruise drug dealer thriller “Mena,” and there’s no question Liman has the chops for the job with fare like “The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” and “Edge Of Tomorrow” on his CV. That said, he also has a few projects on the boil including a sequel to “Edge Of Tomorrow,” and the long brewing sci-fi “Luna Park,” so it’s probably a matter of laying things out and seeing where schedules line up and whatnot.
I won’t be surprised if more potential contenders float to the surface soon, but what do you think? Is Liman the right guy for the job? Who would you like to see take over “Gambit”? Let us know below.