Channing Tatum's Solo GAMBIT Feature Loses Its Director

20th Century Fox's X-Men spin-off Gambit has run into another big problem as due to reported script & budget complications, director Rupert Wyatt has decided to leave the Channing Tatum-led project.

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that director Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) has dropped out of 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men spin-off film Gambit, which is set to star Channing Tatum (21st Jump Street) as the Ragin' Cajun and Léa Seydoux (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) as Bella Donna Boudreaux.

Details about his departure are still coming in, but The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the primary reason he decided to leave was because of script complications, which have led to an increased budget and in turn, a delayed production start date causing a conflict with one of Wyatt's prior committments. 

Wyatt confirmed his departure in a statement released earlier today: "I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that Gambit will make a terrific film."

After Tatum's initial contract issues, this is another huge blow for the seemingly ill-fated project, which is now expected to kick off production in early 2016. No word yet on whether it will still meet its October 2016 release date.

What do you guys think? Who would you like to see replace Wyatt? Sound off with your thoughts below!

Gambit is expected to hit theaters October 7, 2016

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