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Gore Verbinski in Negotiations to Direct Channing Tatum’s ‘Gambit’

Gore Verbinski is in talks to direct “Gambit,” Channing Tatum’s “X-Men” spinoff for Fox.

Tatum is producing with partner Reid Carolin through their Free Association production company, along with Simon Kinberg. “Gambit” has been in development for several years at Fox with Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman previously attached as directors. Wyatt departed in October 2015, while Liman left in August 2016.

Tatum closed his deal to star in and produce “Gambit” in 2015, shortly after appearing at Fox’s Comic-Con panel with the cast of “X-Men.”

The Gambit character was created in 1990 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee. An expert card-thrower, the New Orleans native has the ability to mentally create, control, and manipulate kinetic energy. Also known as Remy LeBeau, his weapons include a staff and a deck of playing cards. Gambit first appeared on the big screen in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” portrayed by Taylor Kitsch.

Joshua Zetumer wrote the script for “Gambit,” which does not yet have a release date. Fox has three X-Men movies scheduled for next year with “New Mutants” set to open April 13, “Deadpool 2” on June 1, and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” on Nov. 2.

Verbinski is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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