Channing Tatum Gets a Beautiful Mind When He's 'Struck by Genius'
Following his forthcoming, buzzed about performance in Foxcatcher this fall, which could get him some Oscar love, Channing Tatum seems poised to be taking some more challenging roles between his forays into action and comedy. THR reports Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to Struck by Genius, a memoir written by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg about a man who became a surprise math sensation at the age of 31. Following in the footsteps of Matt Damon and Russell Crowe's turns in Good Will Hunting and A Beautiful Mind, Tatum will take the lead role of the sudden mathematical genius. Read on!
More specifically, the story unfolds after a college dropout was attacked outside of a karaoke bar, giving him a traumatic brain injury. But in his recovery, he changed completely, turning into a math prodigy out of nowhere, seeing geometric shapes all around him. In essence, he developed a savant syndrome, not unlike Rain Man, and became a hermit of sorts, struggling with PTSD, pain killer addiction and more. Sounds like a mix of Phenomenon, Rain Man, A Beautiful Mind and Good Will Hunting all in one, certainly a juicy role.
In addition, Tatum is also producing the film by way of his Free Association banner along with his partners Reid Carolin (producing Magic Mike XXL with Tatum) and Peter Kiernan. Joining them as producer will be Michael Costigan, former head of Scott Free Productions, fresh off producing the well-acted drama Out of the Furnace. Now there's no guarantee that Tatum will absolutely star in the film, but it's being developed for him to lead, so that's the plan for now. As of now, there's no director or writer attached, and the film is still early in development, so stay tuned for more. Sound good?