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.
The actor has been developing this biopic since 2012, with Peter Berg coming aboard to direct in April before he eventually dropped out. It seems unlikely that Channing Tatum will perform some of Evel Knievel's most death-defying stunts, but the fact that he's training on a motorcycle likely means that he'll be pulling off at least some of these stunts, although perhaps not the most dangerous ones. Then again, maybe he'll take a page out of Tom Cruise's book and do all of his own stunts, but we'll have to wait and see.
Evel Knievel came into prominence as a world-renowned daredevil in the 1960s and 1970s. Evel Knievel performed more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, including a 1974 jump over the Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2. He suffered more than 433 broken bones throughout his legendary career, earning him a Guinness world record as the survivor of most broken bones in a lifetime. The daredevil passed away from a pulmonary disease in 2007, at the age of 69.
With Channing Tatum training for this project, it may lead some to wonder about the status of his superhero movie adaptation Gambit. 20th Century Fox has already set an October 7, 2016 release date, but the actor is currently the only actor confirmed, and the project recently lost Rupert Wyatt as the director. The filmmaker reportedly left after the production was pushed, so perhaps the studio may be delaying the movie. While we wait to find out more abut Gambit, check out Channing Tatum's motorcycle skills below.