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Why Rupert Wyatt walked away from Gambit and several other studio films

09.30.2015

2 weeks ago it was announced that director Rupert Wyatt (THE GAMBLER, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) had walked away from 20th Century Fox's GAMBIT film due to conflicts with another project. Makes sense given that production was moved from this fall to March of next year, but that may not have been the whole story. At least, not for Rupert Wyatt.

The Hollywood Reporter has a few sources that cite while Wyatt is "a talented guy," who "shows up. He comes early. He stays late. He's got good ideas," he may be more than ambivalent about some of the projects he approaches. Much like his brush with the PLANET OF THE APES sequel and THE EQUALIZER, Wyatt has come close to directing a film only to leave when he feels his grasp on the material slipping. It's no secret that a larger budget means more opinions to heed, so it's possible that he's just not comfortable taking on that responsibility.

As we've seen time and time again, Hollywood is willing to give up-and-comers a shot at a franchise, but the results are more FANTASTIC FOUR than JURASSIC WORLD. As far as Wyatt is concerned, I have to give props to the man for just letting things lie rather than forcing himself to finish a project that he feels he won't have control of. Film's are a collaborative effort, but I fear that too many cooks enter the kitchen when a strong director isn't on-board. As a great man once said, "Don't half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."

Do you think Rupert Wyatt was right to walk away?

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4:43PM on 09/30/2015
Miss you in a close work proximity acquaintance kinda way Mr. Swanson.
Miss you in a close work proximity acquaintance kinda way Mr. Swanson.
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4:20PM on 09/30/2015

That's the reality of the studio system

Quite often, the writer/director has to justify their talent to those who have none. That's unfortunately what happens when you're handed tens of millions of dollars to make a movie; you have to justify every cent to a group of people who suddenly decide they know their job better than you. Not even top directors are immune to this behaviour - look what happened to Joss Whedon on AGE OF ULTRON.

Rupert Wyatt is a solid director but eventually he may have to bite the bullet and learn how
Quite often, the writer/director has to justify their talent to those who have none. That's unfortunately what happens when you're handed tens of millions of dollars to make a movie; you have to justify every cent to a group of people who suddenly decide they know their job better than you. Not even top directors are immune to this behaviour - look what happened to Joss Whedon on AGE OF ULTRON.

Rupert Wyatt is a solid director but eventually he may have to bite the bullet and learn how to play the game. Not every studio is Pixar.
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3:15PM on 09/30/2015
Wyatt is a solid director. The Gambler is easily the most underrated film from last year.
Wyatt is a solid director. The Gambler is easily the most underrated film from last year.
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3:10PM on 09/30/2015
It usually cannot be called a bad decision when it's the directors own decision to leave a project for whatever reason.
But eventually they have to go through with a film that might not go exactly like they wanrt if they want to get the power to make a truly personal film with a studio.
It usually cannot be called a bad decision when it's the directors own decision to leave a project for whatever reason.
But eventually they have to go through with a film that might not go exactly like they wanrt if they want to get the power to make a truly personal film with a studio.
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2:26PM on 09/30/2015
This film just keeps getting worse. Does Fox really want another Fantastic Four on their hands?? Gambit is one of my favorite comic book heroes, but perhaps at this rate he shouldn't have his own solo film and should just be a supporting character in one of the future X-Men films instead.
This film just keeps getting worse. Does Fox really want another Fantastic Four on their hands?? Gambit is one of my favorite comic book heroes, but perhaps at this rate he shouldn't have his own solo film and should just be a supporting character in one of the future X-Men films instead.
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