Channing Tatum has made the decision to step behind the camera. The 2012 sexiest man alive is set to direct his first film.
Tatum, 34, is a hot commodity, fresh off his dramatic turn in Foxcatcher, as well as still enjoying the accolades of his summer hit 22 Jump Street. Tatum is now ready for a new adventure.
Tatum will co-direct an adaption of Mathew Quick’s young-adult novel, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Quick’s debut novel, Silver Linings Playbook, was made into a 2012 Oscar hit that starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
According to People, Tatum will be co-directing and producing the film with Reid Carolin for Free Association Production Company. Tatum and Carolin are searching for a writer to adapt the story for the big screen.
Quick’s book is a chilling tale about a high school boy, who plots to kill his best friend before taking his own life.
The book was released in August of 2013, is officially described as:
“In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was–that I couldn’t stick around–and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault.
Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart–obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.”
Tatum may also be in the film as the teacher who tries to help the boy. He has a busy schedule ahead of him with directing this film and preparing to play Gambit in the next X-Men movie, reports Vanity Fair.
Tatum recently wrapped up a starring role in Magic Mike XXL, which he also wrote and produced with Carolin. The two are set to co-direct The Son, a thriller based on a book by Jo Nesbø. It is uncertain, which project will be first in line.
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