In a revelation that we’re doing our best to understand, director Doug Liman revealed why he walked away from directing Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie last year. With Liman set to direct Justice League Dark for DC, you might think that Liman jumping ship was a shifting of superhero cinematic universe loyalties, but, in fact, it was simply a matter of Liman “not feeling” the script.
“I’m all about the script, and I just wasn’t feeling it,” Liman told movie gossip site LRM. “I’ve gotta connect to the script. On Bourne Identity, Matt Damon was always referring to himself as a ‘script whore,’ and I’m with Matt on that. It’s like, you feel the script, that’s everything. We make movies because we want to tell great stories. The Wall started with a contest Amazon ran, and Dwain’s script rose to the top, and then it got handed to me.”
That’s right, Liman would rather direct a film created via an Amazon.com contest and starring pro wrestler John Cena than direct Channing Tatum’s Gambit. How must that make Channing Tatum feel?
Eh, he’ll be alright.