The Gambit movie continues to search for a director, after the loss of Rupert Wyatt last month. With Channing Tatum throwing Doug Liman’s name into the candidate pool this week, and one of the hottest properties in Hollywood grounded to a halt, it’s slowly becoming clear that the studio wants to find a director pronto, and Liman isn’t the only one in the running. This week, it was revealed that Shane Black and Joe Cornish are also on the prospect list.
Inquisitr covered Wyatt’s departure last month, something that brought the Marvel project to its knees. Despite the setback, Channing Tatum has remained loyal to the project, and is strongly lobbying to find someone to take the helm. Doug Liman’s name was suggested by the film’s star, as revealed by Slash Film; but, this week, Heroic Hollywood has hinted — through one of their sources — that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and Attack The Block helmer Joe Cornish are in the running, too.
Joe Cornish has a background in comedy, with writing credits on TV series like The Adam and Joe Show. He wrote the screenplay for The Adventures of Tintin and worked on the original drafts of Ant-Man with Edgar Wright, before his departure in 2014. His only directorial gig was Attack The Block in 2011, an urban science fiction/horror/comedy movie that portrayed a gang of youths defending their run-down council estate from an alien invasion. Despite being his only directorial credit, the film received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. More recently, Cornish was announced as director on Snow Crash, a film based on the classic 1992 Neal Stephenson novel of the same name. Of the three names, Cornish is probably the biggest risk — although Marvel has gambled with unproven directors before, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy being two prime examples.
And then there’s Shane Black. Already a Marvel director with Iron Man 3 under his belt, and with writing credits on iconic movies like Predator and Lethal Weapon (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993), Black made his directorial debut in 2005 with Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a film he also co-wrote. Currently, he is working on The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, Doc Savage and, of course, the Predator reboot. His experience may be the key indicator here; true, he has only directed two movies, but one of those made $1.2 billion at the box-office, and it was a Marvel film. The biggest obstacle in securing Black would be his crammed schedule, so Marvel might have to offer him a major incentive to secure his services.
Gambit is still scheduled for release on October 7, 2016. Less than a year to go.
[Featured Image courtesy of Marvel Comics]