This Gambit movie project just seems to be cursed. It is unclear at present whether Verbinski's departure will have any effect on that release date. But without a director, it seems like fans will waiting a while longer to see the card-throwing Cajun on the big screen again. This year alone, Fox is releasing Deadpool 2 on May 18, 2018, followed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018. The release date of February 14th, 2019 will now likely be pushed back as this marks Director No.3 to leave the film, but Deadline's report claims the split here was amicable.
What are the reasons for these delays exactly? With that director Josh Boone will be requiring some reshoots to turn it into a more fully fledged horror movie than what it now is. That being said, Tim Miller's Deadpool movie performed just fine ($783 million) in the February corridor, so perhaps there's more to this story than THR suggests? It's also possible that Disney's looming acquisition of 20th Century Fox and thus, Gambit, could've played a part in the decision, especially given Disney's strong relationship with Verbinski thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean films. First, it was Rupert Wyatt, then Doug Liman, and now Verbinsky. It's a bad sign for "Gambit", which has sputtered in development limbo for quite some time, despite a strong commitment from Fox and still-attached titular star Channing Tatum. Variety reporter Jeff Sneider added via Twitter that "last I heard, it was being rewritten to make it 'more New Orleans'".
X-Men: New Mutants, directed by Josh Boone, is the one that's been bumped.
"The process has been that Channing is as determined about getting the character right as Ryan Reynolds was about Deadpool and Hugh Jackman was about this Logan movie", Kinsberg said a year ago.