REPORT: Fox Eyeing Shane Black, Joe Cornish for "Gambit" Director

According to a report from HeroicHollywood, "Iron Man 3's" Shane Black and "Attack The Block's" Joe Cornish will join "Bourne Identity's" Doug Liman as contenders for the role of director on Fox's "X-Men" spinoff film "Gambit." The report also states filming has been pushed back to March 2016.

Originally, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Rupert Wyatt was slated to direct "Gambit" but departed the project last month due to conflicts with another project. Liman has since been rumored to be "on an inside track" to direct "Gambit." Though star Channing Tatum was also rumored to drop the film, he eventually stayed on and closed a deal with Fox.

Tatum has already begun promoting "Gambit," appearing as part of 20th Century Fox's Hall H presentation last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. He's made his enthusiasm for the Marvel character clear over the years, even before he was officially attached to the role. He's set to produce "Gambit" along with his production partner Reid Carolin, and X-Men film franchise veteran Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Starring Tatum and written by Josh Zetumer (from a treatment by Gambit co-creator and X-Men writing legend Chris Claremont), "Gambit" was originally scheduled for release on Oct. 7, 2016.

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