When Rupert Wyatt bailed on “Gambit” last month, it left the project a bit up in the air, but now 20th Century Fox has regrouped and it seems they are zeroing in on a director. Doug Liman‘s name recently surfaced as a possible replacement on the movie, and now two more names are reportedly in the mix.
Heroic Hollywood says that Shane Black and Joe Cornish are also being eyed. The former helmed “Iron Man 3” and is an acclaimed screenwriter to boot, so he knows the comic book and tentpole business like the back of his hand. The latter has been off the radar since “Attack The Block.” He worked on “Ant-Man” with Edgar Wright, and was attached to “Snow Crash,” but nothing else has really gained momentum since his alien invasion movie. So maybe this would be a way to get back in the game in a big way.
All three are capable of the job, though following the disastrous “Fantastic Four,” Fox may have big reservations about letting another small scale director like Cornish make the tentpole leap. Production on “Gambit” is aiming to start next spring.