Actor/producer Channing Tatum is finally starting to get one of his passion projects off the ground, literally and figuratively. We reported last week that director Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct an Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic for Sony Pictures, which has long had Channing Tatum attached to star in and produce. While we still don't know when production will begin, it seems the actor has already started his motorcycle training, posting a new video to his Instagram page earlier this week, where he is seen going over a few small jumps on a motorcycle.
It isn't known which of these two riders in the video is Channing Tatum, or who the other individual is, although we assume that the other person is the actor's trainer. The actor admitted that he has "a lot to learn," but he also called the experience fun and "completely terrifying in a good way." No story details have been revealed yet, but the original screenplay was written by Channing Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin, with Scott Silver (The Fighter) providing a new rewrite.Read More
After years of development, Channing Tatum's Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic finally seems to be moving forward, with The Tracking Board reporting that Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct. Peter Berg was attached to direct back in April, but dropped out for unknown reasons. Channing Tatum's longtime producing partner Reid Carolin wrote the original screenplay, but that will now be rewritten by Scott Silver (The Fighter).
Evel Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, became a world-famous stuntman and entertainer in the 1960s and 1970s. The performer got his start by jumping over crates of rattlesnakes and mountain lions to provide for his family. After performing on the state fair circuit in Indio, California, Evel Knievel suffered the first of his numerous injuries, which lead to his stunt troupe disbanding while he recuperated. He ended up going solo, jumping cars and other vehicles instead of animals, as he became a household name.Read More
It's official! Channing Tatum is Gambit! Despite reports that the actor was wanting to back out of the project, THR confirms that Channing Tatum has officially closed his deal, making him part of 20th Century Fox's Marvel family. The film will open in theaters October 2016.
Most expected that the actor would eventually sign his deal. And fans were shocked to hear that he wanted out. The project seemed to be falling apart as sources close to the production suggested that Fox and Channing Tatum couldn't come to terms on the contract. While that is now proven untrue, it is said that the studio and the actor did hit a sensitive spot in negotiations. That sensitive spot was not disclosed to the public.Read More
The shake-up comes just as the studio is in the process of testing female leads alongside Channing Tatum, including Spectre star Léa Seydoux. Channing Tatum was also set to produce Gambit with his partner Reid Carolin, but it isn't known if he plans to stay on as a producer, or if producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg will continue on without them. Whatever the case may be, a decision will have to be made very soon.
Just a few days ago, a report surfaced that the superhero movie will start production this fall, in Channing Tatum's hometown of New Orleans, with casting already under way for a number of supporting characters. Joshua Zetumer wrote the screenplay, but no story details have been given at this time. It isn't immediately known what is causing the deal between Channing Tatum and the studio to collapse, but if he does in fact leave the project, it would be quite surprising, since the actor heavily campaigned for the role through social media and various interviews, while he was promoting 22 Jump Street last year.Read More
Paramount is currently developing G.I. Joe 3 with director D.J. Caruso, which reportedly focuses on Dwayne Johnson's Roadblock character. Given Channing Tatum's death in G.I. Joe Retaliation, it seems unlikely that he will return as Duke for G.I. Joe 3, but screenwriter Aaron Berg came on board in April to write a new draft of the script, so anything is possible. What do you think about Channing Tatum openly dissing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? You can check out the actor's audio interview from earlier today in the player below.Read More
With Channing Tatum's Gambit already set for release on October 7, 2016, production will surely start sometime later this year. Earlier this week, Channing Tatum revealed the Gambit script by Joshua Zetumer has been completed, but the project still doesn't have a director attached yet. Today we have a new report that Channing Tatum himself has approached four marquee directors to take the helm on Gambit, all of whom have turned him down.
The actor/producer has reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), all of whom turned the project down. It isn't known if this quartet of filmmakers turned down Gambit because they weren't interested in tackling this character, or if they simply can't fit it into their schedule. It remains to be seen which filmmaker Channing Tatum will go after next.Read More