Verbinski was given the director's chair in October, and there was no reason given for his departure from the project just three months later. Despite being a regular fixture in animated versions of the X-Men, Gambit has to date only appeared in one feature, that being the poorly received X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news of the date change along with the release date shifts for Deadpool 2 and The New Mutants, claimed that studio insiders are still enthusiastic about the troubled project, which they describe as a heist movie with comedic elements.
Reports came in yesterday that Fox had set Gambit's start of production for March 19 at the Big Easy Studios in New Orleans - the same studio where Fox had shot the critically acclaimed R-Rated success, Logan.
It's unclear if the search for a new director will impact the start of production, although 20 Century Fox recently delayed the release of the film.
Tatum is still attached to star in the movie. That would certainly fit with the comic book canon of Marvel's Gambit character, who was a member of the New Orleans Thieves' Guild before linking up with the X-Men.
The long-awaited Gambit solo movie has once again hit a snag on the way to production, this time losing director Gore Verbinski. Other films, like The Ring and A Cure For Wellness, showed his directorial chops outside the arena of blockbuster tentpoles, and his addition to Gambit was largely seen as a promising development.
Gambit - also known as Remy LeBeau - was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee and made his first appearance in "Uncanny X-Men Annual #14" in July 1990. Then The Bourne Identity's Doug Liman was brought on, only to leave as well.
We wonder what's going to happen to the film now that it's facing another major set back. Given that Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox, any further delay could well spell the end for the troubled project.