ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
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Kristin Lai

Sorry, Gambit fans, but we're in for another bit of bad news. In what feels like a series of unfortunate pre-production woes, the highly anticipated standalone X-Men film is pushing back its start date once again.

When the untitled Gambit movie was first announced, people were immediately sold on the idea of Channing Tatum taking on the titular role, with Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) signed on to direct. When Wyatt left the project a few months later, Edge Of Tomorrow director Liman stepped up to the plate.

Initially, Gambit was scheduled to commence filming this month, but rewrites have pushed the start date to the end of 2016. According to The Hollywood Reporter, while Tatum's co-producer Reid Carolin (Magic Mike, 22 Jump Street) deals with changes in story development, Liman is looking to fit in one more movie before production on Gambit begins.

Before things pick back up with the X-Men flick, Liman will be working on a new psychological thriller for Amazon Studios, titled The Wall. THR reports the film "tells of a sniper and his spotter who are pinned down behind cover by a legendary sniper."

The Wall will apparently be a relatively small production, so it hopefully won't cause any conflicts with Gambit. That being said, having the director take on another project in the midst of pre-production doesn't always bode well for the timeline.

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