Rupert Wyatt
Director Rupert Wyatt poses during the premiere of "The Gambler" in Los Angeles, California November 10, 2014. Reuters/Kevork Djansezian

Rupert Wyatt is no longer directing Channing Tatum starrer “Gambit,” the much-delayed “X-Men” spin-off.

There were rumours swirling that Wyatt was not happy with the budget and the film’s script, according to Deadline. He, however, has said in a statement that he is quitting because there is a scheduling conflict with a new project.

“I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Channing and the team at Fox, but regrettably a push in the start date now conflicts with another project, Wyatt said. I thank them for the opportunity, and I know that ‘Gambit’ will make a terrific film.”

Meanwhile, Variety reported that the film overshot its estimated budget because of the changing script, prolonging the filming schedule. The production on “Gambit” was originally scheduled to begin last year in November, but now it has been pushed ahead to early next year, according to the report.

Fox Entertainment is now searching for Wyatt’s replacement to helm “Gambit,” a spin-off of “X-Men.” The film is about a Cajun mutant called Gambit who has the ability to manipulate kinetic energy.

“Gambit” is scheduled to open on Oct. 7, 2016. Tatum, who is playing the titular character, is co-producing along with Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Josh Zetumer has written the script based on a treatment from Chris Claremont.

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