Rupert Wyatt

Why Did ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ Really Lose Its Director?

Why Did ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ Really Lose Its Director?

Just three months after signing on to direct 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero spinoff Gambit, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt backed out of the project two weeks ago. The departure was attributed to a shift in the Gambit production schedule, which was supposed to begin in November, but was then changed to March 2016, which reportedly conflicted with an unspecified project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the split happened because 20th Century Fox started questioning whether or not the filmmaker was truly committed to the project.

Ironically, just weeks before Rupert Wyatt signed on this past June, a report surfaced that actor/producer Channing Tatum was having trouble finding a director for Gambit. He reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, along with Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). All of those filmmakers passed on the project. But even after Rupert Wyatt signed on, there were signs of trouble. A rumor from July claimed that Channing Tatum was getting ready to walk away from the movie altogether, because his deal was falling apart. Just a few days later, the actor finalized his deal, which includes appearances in future X-Men movies.

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‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ Loses Director Rupert Wyatt

‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Gambit’ Loses Director Rupert Wyatt

The site reports that 20th Century Fox is quickly trying to find a replacement director, but it isn't clear if the studio has a specific filmmaker in mind. Back in January, the studio set an October 7, 2016 release date for Gambit, but if production is shifting to March, it seems unlikely that date will be hit. As of now, Gambit is going up against Warner Bros.' The Accountant and Universal's Monster High. However, even if the studio does find a directorial replacement soon, it me be very difficult to hit that October 7 release date, if shooting starts just seven months earlier.

Léa Seydoux is set to star as the female lead, Belladonna Boudreaux. The actress beat out others such as Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation) and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the role. In the comics, Remy LeBeau (Channing Tatum) was Belladona Boudreax's first love. They had an arranged marriage to unite the Thieves Guild, which Remy was a part of, and the Assassin's Guild, which Belladonna's father was the leader of.

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‘Star Trek 3’ Eyes ‘Planet of the Apes’ Director

‘Star Trek 3’ Eyes ‘Planet of the Apes’ Director

Paramount Pictures decided against hiring Roberto Orci to direct their upcoming sequel Star Trek 3, despite the studio getting ready for an early 2015 start date. The race is on to find a new director. And now, Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams have narrowed their search down to five contenders. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is at the top of the list.

Also being considered to direct the sequel, which J.J. Abrams left behind to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are Morten Tyldum, who just released The Imitation Game in time for awards season. Daniel Espinosa, director of Safe House who just wrapped on Child 44 with Tom Hardy. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, who became available after The Bourne Legacy sequel with Jeremy Renner was pushed back to make way for Matt Damon's return. And finally, Duncan Jones, the director behind Source Code and Moon.

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John Goodman Joins Rupert Wyatt's ‘The Gambler’

John Goodman Joins Rupert Wyatt's ‘The Gambler’

John Goodman has joined Rupert Wyatt's upcoming reboot of the classic drama The Gambler. Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson and Jessica Lange are attached to star.

The film follows a literature professor (Mark Wahlberg) whose gambling addiction lands him in trouble with his family and some unpleasant gangsters. The original was directed by Karel Reisz and starred James Caan. John Goodman will play a Jewish loan shark.

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Mark Wahlberg and Director Rupert Wyatt Team Up for ‘The Gambler’

Mark Wahlberg and Director Rupert Wyatt Team Up for ‘The Gambler’

Mark Wahlberg and director Rupert Wyatt are in talks to join The Gambler remake at Paramount Pictures.

Last August, Todd Phillips signed on to direct, taking over for Martin Scorsese who had been attached to direct since August 2011. Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, attached to star, but he is no longer involved. Deals for both Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt are still coming together, and Rupert Wyatt does have an option on an untitled project at 20th Century Fox that he may still go ahead with.

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Director Rupert Wyatt to Replace Nicolas Winding Refn on ‘The Equalizer’

Director Rupert Wyatt to Replace Nicolas Winding Refn on ‘The Equalizer’

After Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt parted ways with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, many wondered which project this filmmaker would tackle next. It seems that now we may have our answer, with news that the director is in talks to take on The Equalizer remake for Sony Pictures.

Denzel Washington is attached to star as a former spy who despises injustice and now lives a solitary, reclusive life. He devotes all his time and energy to stop helpless people from being victimized. The original TV series The Equalizer, which starred Edward Woodward, ran for four seasons from 1985 to 1989.

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Michael Fassbender and Rupert Wyatt Circling ‘Londongrad’

Actor Michael Fassbender and director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) are in negotiations to join Londongrad for Warner Bros.

The project is based on Alan Cowell's book Sasha's Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy, which centers on KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in 2006. The spy accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of poisoning him, just before his death. Michael Fassbender will play Alexander Litvinenko if he signs on.

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Christopher Nolan Being Considered for ‘The Twilight Zone’

Warner Bros. is also eyeing Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, and Rupert Wyatt to direct, although Christopher Nolan remains the front runner.