As usual, the reason for the director's departure apparently comes down to scheduling issues, with the split said to be amicable. Variety reporter Jeff Sneider added via Twitter that "last I heard, it was being rewritten to make it 'more New Orleans'". Previously set for release on Valentine's Day 2019, "Gambit" is now set to arrive June 7, 2019. This means that Fox will be shopping for another director which has forced the studio to push film's release date from February 14th, 2019 to June 7th, 2019.
Also unclear is whether the move marks a change in direction for the film, perhaps prompted by Disney's impending acquisition of Fox.
Despite these ongoing setbacks, Channing Tatum still remains attached to star in Gambit, whenever the movie actually gets made. "We had a first draft". Of course, Verbinski is just the latest director to leave the project stranded, following Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman in 2015 and 2016, respectively, so this doesn't necessarily reflect that poorly on him.
That shuffling at the top has prompted repeated delays in the film's production, which has been in active development since 2014.
A mutant superhero who has the ability to transfer energy into solid objects, making them potentially explosive weapons, Gambit has a backstory involving a guild of thieves in New Orleans, where is was part of the Cajun community before moving to Westchester County and Xavier's School. In addition, he's a ladies man and proud Louisianan who is an expert in card-throwing and the use of a bo staff. Since Star Wars movies are always genuine box office threats, this will at least give Deadpool 2 its time to shine before audiences. Of that, $112 million was earmarked for in-state spending, including $28.1 million for Louisiana payroll.