Channing Tatum is going to step behind the camera for his latest project. The Magic Mike star has locked down a deal to star in and co-direct Dog, a road trip comedy that will see Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin co-directing with alongside him. This will mark Tatum's directorial debut and will reunite him with several people who have been behind some of his most successful cinematic endeavors.
According to several reports, Film Nation and CAA are launching sales of Dog at the American Film Market, which kicks off this week in Santa Monica, California. The project is said to be coming together rather quickly behind the scenes. In addition to directing duties, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin are penning the screenplay with Brett Rodriguez. Tatum and Carolin are set to produce via Free Association, alongside Peter Kiernan and Gregory Jacobs. Carolin previously wrote Magic Mike and produced the hit with Tatum. Jacobs directed the successful sequel, Magic Mike XXL. So this team has a solid track record.
Dog is said to center on former Army Ranger Briggs (Channing Tatum), who is on a journey down the Pacific Coast with his dog Lulu to catch attend his best friend's funeral, who also happens to be Lulu's former handler. One of them has a week to live, while the other lives like every day is his last. On the way, they'll drive one another crazy, break the law, narrowly escape death at the hands of some particularly aggressive pot farmers, as well as dealing with the possibility that pet psychics may not be a hoax. Filming is expected to begin in spring 2020.
Channing Tatum has been an A-list star in front of the camera in Hollywood for the better part of a decade. Some of his notable credits include G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, White House Down, the critically-acclaimed drama Foxcatcher and Logan Lucky, as well as the comedy hits 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. More recently, Tatum starred in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and lent his voice to projects like Smallfoot and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Tatum is also set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds in next year's Free Guy. He has produced a number of projects, but previously hadn't stepped up to direct. Though, he did reportedly flirt with directing Gambit, the ill-fated X-Men spin-off that never got off the ground at Fox before the Disney merger.
There is no word yet on who else may be tapped to star in the comedy just yet. It also isn't clear how soon the movie could be released, as a major studio hasn't yet signed on to distribute the picture just yet. Though, that's likely to change once sales launch at the American Film Market, given the star power attached. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project come to light. This news was previously reported by Deadline.