Doug Liman Leaves Gambit for Justice League Dark

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 - 2:13PM
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 - 2:13PM
Doug Liman Leaves Gambit for Justice League Dark
Gambit lost another director today, so it must be Wednesday. But the real news here is that Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman is defecting from Marvel (slash Fox) for DC (slash Warner Bros.), as he has just signed on to direct the live-action Justice League Dark adaptation.

THR reports that Liman has dropped out of the long-beleaguered X-Men spin-off Gambit, which has Channing Tatum and Lea Seydoux attached to star. Liman is the second director to drop out, after Rupert Wyatt left the project last year, and production has been delayed countless times since the project was first developed several years ago. Bennett Miller, Darren Aronofsky, Gareth Evans, and J. C. Chandor were all reportedly offered the chance to direct the film and turned it down.

According to the report, Liman left as a result of "a mutual parting of the ways" (which is somehow even more generic and bullshitty than "creative differences"). But Fox is still intent on shooting in January, and is already searching for another director.

Luckily, Liman is moving on to greener pastures after this conscious uncoupling, and has signed on to direct "Dark Universe," the live-action adaptation of Justice League Dark. Guillermo del Toro wrote the script, and was previously attached to direct before dropping out for other projects, heavily hinting that he didn't want to direct a film in the DCEU. Del Toro is also still on board as producer, and has announced that the team will consist of Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan The Demon.

Dark Universe is rumored to begin filming in 2016, while Gambit is scheduled to begin production in January 2017.
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