Today, it was revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that Edge of Tomorrow, Jumper and The Borune Identity director Doug Liman has parted way’s with Fox’s upcoming X-Men spinoff film Gambit starring Channing Tatum. This would mark the second director to leave the project after Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) also parted ways in 2015. The film keeps being pushed back due to script rewrites with the project allegedly starting production in early 2017.
However, Variety goes onto reveal that Liman has actually signed onto another comic book film. He will direct Justice League: Dark aka Dark Universe for DC Comic’s and Warner Brothers. This would mark yet another DC film not originally announced on their film slate that is in the works. Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) was originally suppose to direct the film but was sidetracked by his other projects. The site also confirms this film will indeed be set firmly in the ever growing DC Expanded Universe.
Late last year we had heard rumors that Colin Farrell and Ron Perlman were being eyed to star in the film as John Constantine and The Swamp Thing. Constantine has been played by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 feature film as well as Matt Ryan on the cancelled NBC show. Matt Ryan will return to voice Constantine in DC’s upcoming Justice League Dark animated film later this year. Additionally, Zatanna, Deadman and Etrigan the Demon will make up the rest of this ensemble team. Michael Gilio was hired to pen the script.
Dark Universe has no set release date