Ghostbusting will have to wait, as Channing Tatum sets up an adaptation of the heart-warming memoir Two Kisses for Maddy at Sony. Based on the Matthew Logelin novel, the film is being produced under the actor's Free Association banner. The drama was pitched as 50/50 meets Steel Magnolias.
Two Kisses for Maddy follows a father who must raise his newborn daughter after the mother tragically dies 27 hours after giving birth. As the girl grows up, the dad performs his nightly ritual of giving the girl two kisses, one from him and one from mom. The story is close to Channing Tatum's heart, as he has a young daughter himself. The actor will produce the film, and is currently eyeing the lead role. Peter Kiernan will produce through Free Association, which set up a development deal with Sony in 2014.
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are also producing through Temple Hill Entertainment, with David Beaubaire overseeing development for Sony's Tristar Pictures. The memoir was originally set for a Lifetime movie in 2012, but those plans were scrapped in favor of a theatrical film. Dana Stevens, best known for Safe Haven and Ever After, will pen the screenplay.
Two Kisses for Maddy originally started as an online blog for Matthew Logelin, who was working through the loss of his wife and baby's mother. The blog gained national media attention and with the help of the online community, the author moved to India with his daughter, a site that held sentimental memories of his wife. It was there that he completed his book. The memoir received critical praise and reached #24 on the New York Times Best Seller list. In the following years, Logelin formed the Liz Logelin Foundation. The charity seeks to financially and emotionally support families suffering from the tragic death of a parent. Logelin's next project is children's book about fathers, due for publication in June, 2016.