Channing Tatum Starring/Producing Contortionist's Handbook

August 10, 2010
Source: Deadline

Channing Tatum / The Contortionist's Handbook

All the ladies love him, so he's in the news a lot. Deadline reports that Channing Tatum will co-produce (along with many others) and star in an adaptation of Craig Clevenger's 2002 novel The Contortionist's Handbook. Tatum will play a forger who moves smoothly from one identity to the next because of a strict code of conduct that keeps him from getting caught or having to deal with his own troubled past. That gets upended when he falls for a beautiful woman with her own dark secret. Of course, a woman messing up his flow, like we haven't seen that before. Robin Shushan wrote the script, but oddly no director is attached yet.

This new adaptation of The Contortionist's Handbook is being financed by GreeneStreet Films and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as a co-production between those companies and DAS Films. Tatum is co-producing along with Reid Carolin, Sriram Das, GreeneStreet's John Penotti, Tim Williams & Sidney Kimmel. I'm not personally familiar with the novel so I can't speak to its story, but I don't really love Channing Tatum so I'm of course worried about his involvement. He has yet to really impress me in a lead role, but maybe that's just me. It sounds like it has a cool story, I just hope they get a good director attached. Stay tuned for updates!

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  • Ted
    Channing Tatum is the worst leading man out there right now and it is amazing to me that he keeps getting work...he only has one look and his performances are as weak as they come.
  • Eli
    We already know why it's ruined. It sounds like something I'd write so I'm interested.
  • Quad
    Look at his moustache!!! HAHAHAHHA
  • Xerxex
    He needs to follow the GROOMIN STANDARD! kinda interested.
  • crumb
    the screenplay compared to the novel is just shit. atleast, the screenplay that i read. They recently agreed to 12 more months of pre-production so hopefully the screenplay can get rewritten in this time, and hopefully with a competent screenwriter. because the novel itself is much, much more unique than this tagline shows. and i'm not all too excited for Tatum to be in the leading roll. I mean, sure, I'm going to be upset ether way because i'm so close to this book (having read it in 2004, and rereading it almost every year).
  • Jason
    One of my favorite books. I don't really see how a wooden and potentially retarded "actor" like Mr. Tatum here is going take on the lead role. This really annoys me. I can't think of one good thing he's been in.
  • mandarin
    Well, that movie is screwed then.
  • Jimmy Love
    This turd keeps popping up in so many toilets. I wish someone would just flush already




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