Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Stuntman Evel Knieval Biopic
It's been a good year for Channing Tatum. Despite the fact that G.I. Joe: Retaliation got pushed back, the actor still turned in a great comedic performance in 21 Jump Street, and won big at the box office with both The Vow and Magic Mike. Next year will have Tatum just as busy with turns in Steven Soderbergh's The Bitter Pill, a voice role in LEGO: Piece of Resistance and a lead role in White House Down (not to mention a dramatic turn in Foxcatcher with Steve Carell). Now the actor has lined up another role based in real life as THR has learned Tatum will produce and star in a film about famed stuntman Evil Knievel. More below!
In addition, producers Michael DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, the team behind The Social Network, which also just landed a gig producing the anticipated adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, are also behind the film. Tatum is producing through his Iron Horse Entertainment banner and his company partner Reid Carolin is also writing the screenplay based on Stuart Barker's book Life of Evel. Knievel is probably the best known stuntman in the world, mostly due to his crazy motorcycle jumps over buses and more that resulted in a total of 433 broken bones in his long career. That should make for quite an exciting biopic, and should give Tatum another chance to prove he's got real dramatic chops.