Channing Tatum Attached to Scott Bros' Sci-Fi Romance 'Ion'

June 24, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Channing Tatum

If you are trying to get an epic science fiction spec script any attention in this industry, mentioning Avatar as a point of comparison will definitely turn some heads after James Cameron's recycled story and dazzling special effects became the highest grossing movie of all-time. Ironically, it's Fox (via their Fox 2000 label) that's the leading contender to pick up a project similar in scope and setting (at least somewhat) to Avatar. The project, titled Ion, comes from producers Ridley & Tony Scott and has Channing Tatum attached already as a man who travels to different Earths and dimensions in order to find his reincarnated lover.

Does anyone remember the trailer for The Fountain that kind of misled you on the story a bit? This is almost the kind of story that trailer seemed to be selling. Apparently Ion wasn't good enough to gain attention when it was being shopped around last year, but after an expensive and high concept movie like Avatar exceeded expectations, the script has generated new buzz, especially after the Scott's came in to further develop the script with Tatum (a rising star without a scrap of real talent in my opinion) attached. The script comes from newcomer Will Dunn, who hadn't sold any scripts until Scott Free picked up Ion and worked on it with him.

This may seem like a risky move, but after a disappointing summer, Hollywood is already putting out a call for original content once again, so the spec script market should be in quite a frenzy (finally!). Personally I like the sound of the story, but I could do without Tatum in anything ever again. What do you think?

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  • almartva
    This sounds like an interesting story and all but they lost me at Tatum.
  • Sean
    Who cares? This guy is a horrible actor.
  • antioch
    STOP PUTTING THIS DOUCHE IN MOVIES This guy has single-handedly ruined every movie I have seen him in. He is that bad.
  • Eli
    I must agree. Ditch Tatum. James Franco, Robert Pattinson even but not Tatum. That's like putting chocolate syrup on your lasagna. The concept definately has potential but so does any concept. Need more info.
  • almartva
    @Eli, Robert Pattinson? Really? como'on dude!
  • antioch
    yep, James Franco would be awesome. @5 - because anyone is better the tatum.. literally
  • Eli
    yeah. tatum is just that bad 5.
  • twittwit
    "The project, titled Ion, comes from producers Ridley & Tony Scott and has Channing Tatum attached already as a man who travels to different Earths and dimensions in order to find his reincarnated lover." This takes 'GAY' to a whole new dimension.
  • Jimmy Love
    Thats one I wont be watching, I wish Tatum would "Act" like the fast food worker that he is
  • Eli
    lol @ 9.
  • I usually disagree with the slew of hate thrown around this site directed at certain individuals, but even I think that Tatum seriously blows. The guy just has a good agent who must have some serious connections in Hollywood because usually to make it in the industry you need to do more than just "act" to convince studios to spend boatloads on your films (especially scifi ones). To me it just doesn't seem like he's paid his dues in the production or writing trenches yet and is more like a piece of eye candy for women (the same as Megan Fox is for men).
  • dex
    Wow so much anti Tatums here. Even me I hate his acting, the only one i found him nearly okay was Dear John.
  • almartva
    @Dex, you are dude and you just admired to liking Tatum in Dear John, shame on you.
  • Remember that first step up movie? Did channing tatum really do all those dance scenes in there? Because jenna dewan definately did hers, so I was just wondering if channing taum did his too.
  • napoleonblownapart
    'Dear Jock'
  • lando is a system not a man
    Honestly, Im excited just to hear that hollywood has finally made a call out to "original scripts" what a f@ckn concept!
  • Eli
    lando are you sure it's not an act of desperation? not sayin its bad but to move foward with tatum as a leading man, they must not have looked too far.
  • mandarin
    My dog is a better actor than this guy. Thanks a lot for screwing GI JOE
  • lando is a system not a man
    Eli, hollywood is only interested in $. The fact that they are looking for original work only means that their trusted sources of revenue (currently rehashing old franchises) can only last so long and they are seeing that. My comment wasnt about tatum but about original scripts.
  • lando is a system not a man
    and cmon mandarin, Tatum was NOT the reason GIJoe didnt work, that had more to do with the bad plot, and trickled down from there.




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