Despite the continuous commercial success (and recent return to critical success) of Fox’s X-Men franchise, the upcoming solo film for fan-favorite mutant hero Gambit has faced its fair share of obstacles on the way to production. At least star Channing Tatum remains firmly attached to the project.

The film previously lost director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) due to what sounds like creative differences, thought more recent reports indicate that Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman could be in line for the job. Now it seems like we may know who Liman may be competing with for the Gambit director’s chair.

According to Heroic Hollywood, filmmakers Shane Black and Joe Cornish are also in the mix to direct the X-Men spinoff. Black, of course, is the acclaimed screenwriter of films like Lethal Weapon as well as the writer/director of the $1 billion-grossing Iron Man 3. Meanwhile, Cornish only has one directorial credit to his name — the indie smash Attack the Block, starring Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega — but also received writing credit on this summer’s Ant-Man.

While both Black and Cornish have only three directorial credits between them, each has proven experience working on Marvel characters and have made a tremendous impact in the industry with their films. However, seeing as Black is already attached to direct Fox’s Predator reboot and can now command more artistic control on his projects thanks to Iron Man 3, he’s probably the least likely to take the job of the three names currently up for Gambit.

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Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black on the Iron Man 3 set

Reportedly, production on Gambit has already been pushed back from the last quarter of 2015 to March 2016 – something that should lead to a release date change in the future, if accurate. Whoever tackles the film will have to move quickly either way – and luckily for fans, all three directors rumored to take on Gambit are accomplished filmmakers who will make the most out of the script by Josh Zetumer: a screenwriter whose only previous credit is the 2014 RoboCop reboot.

As it stands, Liman — who has also directed hits like Swingers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity — is perhaps still in the best position to effortlessly slip into the director’s seat on Gambit in time to make the film’s announced fall 2016 release date (or some time not too long thereafter). With that in mind – which of the listed director do you think is the best fit for Fox’s Gambit film?

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Deadpool opens February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.

Source: Heroic Hollywood

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