Hey, remember “Gambit“? That other 20th Century Fox‘s superhero movie project lost original director Rupert Wyatt pretty late into development last year, but Doug Liman came on board, and the plan was to shoot last fall. Then the start date was changed to this spring, and as you can probably guess, the Channing Tatum-led comic book movie is entirely now off the table. So until the studio figures out what its game plan is, Liman is moving on to something else.
THR reports that the director will helm “The Wall.” The project has a Black List approved script by Dwain Worrell following a sniper and his spotter who must kill and avoid being killed by an opposing sniper; they are separated by only a 16x6ft prayer wall. And in a great dreams-come-true tale, Worrell’s project caught the attention of Hollywood when he submitted it as part of Amazon’s script submission program, with the bookseller making it the first screenplay they ever purchased through that channel. Not too bad.
Production will get underway on “The Wall” in the next few months, after which Liman is expected to get back on “Gambit.”