Channing Tatum to Direct and Maybe Star in YA Movie


Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum is a hot rising star, having appeared in several movies, including Magic Mike, 22 Jump Street and now, Foxcatcher; but, his popularity will likely rise to even greater heights when he directs and possibly stars in the YA movie adaptation of the book, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

Tatum has also completed filming of Magic Mike XXL and he is set to play Gambit in an upcoming X-Men movie. He will also star in Jupiter Ascending, which will hit theaters early next summer, and he will be in Quentin Tarantino’s movie, The Hateful Eight.

Channing Tatum, 34, has shone in every movie he has acted on, no matter if the particular role is a humorous or serious one. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, now Tatum will make his directorial debut, co-directing Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock with Reid Carolin. He will also produce it for the pair’s Free Association banner. Tatum previously worked on Magic Mike with Carolin, who produced and also wrote the screenplay for the Steven Soderbergh-directed movie, was the executive producer of 22 Jump Street, and producer of Magic Mike XXL.

The book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was written by Natthew Quick, who also wrote the book Silver Linings Playbook. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starred in the movie adaptation of the book in 2012. Another book by Quick, Love May Fail, is under development and is set to be directed by Sam Raimi for Sony.

Silver Linings Playbookwas a project of the Weinstein Company, which is also behind making Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock into a movie. Reportedly, Channing Tatum, who was voted the Sexiest Man Alive in 2012, might act in the film, and his wife, Jenna Dewan, might also have a role in it.

The novel is about a troubled teen who plans to murder his best friend and then commit suicide. The teenager goes to his school and tell goodbye to everyone before he goes through with his plan. This causes one of his teachers, who might possibly be played by Channing Tatum, to do what he can to stop the teen and to try to help him deal with what has led to this point in the teen’s young life.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock had reportedly been in its developmental stage for seven years before Channing Tatum became interested in it and in directing the movie adaptation of the YA novel.

Channing Tatum has been getting rave reviews for his role as a wrestler in Foxcatcher, in which he stars opposite Steve Carrell, as his coach. Though Tatum first became widely known as a male stripper in both real life and in the movie, Magic Mike, he has proven to be a very talented actor capable of playing a wide variety of roles convincingly.

With the success of Foxcatcher, Channing Tatum has decided to direct and appear in more dramatic movies. Besides directing and possibly starring in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Tatum and Reid Carolin will also be the co-directors of a movie adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s novel, The Son. The screenplay for it is now being written by Josh Zetumer.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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