by Halina Watts for The Mirror
There really has been no business in showbusiness this year.
So when award ceremonies return, we can only hope for plenty of wild and wonderful behaviour.
Thankfully, Channing Tatum is already on the case and he’s hoping to be one of the main stars at the Oscars 2021.
The actor/dancer/producer/director plans to dance his way through this year’s ceremony, like a modern-day Fred Astaire.
Channing has always been a fan of the glitzy awards bash, which has been pushed back from its usual slot in February to April.
And with this year’s ceremony being produced by his long-time friend and Magic Mike collaborator Steven Soderbergh, the chance to dazzle Hollywood and the rest of the world is too good to pass up.
A source tells me: “Channing would be a terrific Oscars host, but what he’s really looking for is a truly show-stopping moment on that show – not just showing up and handing out a trophy.
“It’s one stage he’s wanted to dance on his whole life and hasn’t had the chance yet.
“And to cement himself as his generation’s answer to Fred Astaire, he’s got to make this happen at some point.”
The 2019 ceremony went ahead without a host after Kevin Hart quit over controversial decade-old tweets.
The Academy and ABC drafted in a number of A-list presenters and big moments instead, in what was the first hostless ceremony since 1989 – but the unusual set-up went down a storm.
A Queen medley followed by “not hosts” Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph got the ceremony off to a cracking start before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s spine-tingling duet provided that “moment” many Oscar producers can only dream about.
And then 2020 followed suit.
With some interesting ideas up his sleeve, I reckon Oscar bosses would be mad not to sign up Channing.
by Amanda N’Duka for Deadline
Channing Tatum is in final talks to co-star opposite Sandra Bullock in The Lost City of D, the forthcoming Paramount Pictures feature, which is being directed by Adam and Aaron Nee. Bullock is also producing the pic via her Fortis Films along with Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions
Described as a Romancing The Stone-style romantic comedy, the film follows a reclusive romance novelist (Bullock) who was sure nothing could be worse than getting stuck on a book tour with her cover model (Tatum), until a kidnapping attempt sweeps them both into a cutthroat jungle adventure, proving life can be so much stranger, and more romantic, than any of her paperback fictions.
Dana Fox penned the screenplay based on an idea by Seth Gordon, who is also producing under his Exhibit A Films banner.
by Justin Kroll for Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Following the success of their hit 21 Jump Street movies, Channing Tatum, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have found their next movie on which to team up, this time focusing on a classic movie character. Sources tell Deadline that Universal Pictures, Lord Miller and Free Association are developing an untitled monster project, described as a modern-day, tongue-in-cheek thriller inspired by Universal’s classic monster legacy with Tatum set to star. Reid Carolin had the original idea for the project and wrote the treatment. Wes Tooke is writing the script.
Lord and Miller will produce for their Lord Miller production banner alongside Tatum, Carolin and Peter Kiernan, who will produce through their Free Association banner. Aditya Sood, president of Lord Miller, will also produce. This project reteams Tatum and Free Association with Lord and Miller as they previously worked on the 21 Jump Street franchise together, successfully launching both careers as superstar talents.
Although plot details are being kept under wraps about which beloved character this will focus on, like the studio’s recent success with the $130 million-grossing hit The Invisible Man the project is a bold genre reinvention of one of the studio’s most beloved characters from the Monsters Universe.
SVP Production Jay Polidoro and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the production on behalf of Universal. Will Allegra will oversee for Lord Miller. Michael Parets will oversee for Free Association.
Tatum is currently in production on his directorial debut Dog, which he is both starring in and co-directing with Carolin, and produced by their Free Association. Tatum recently announced he has written his first children’s book, The One and Only Sparkella, which is in presale now for a May 2021 release.
Lord & Miller have stayed busy over the past several months on both the film and TV fronts. Over the summer they signed on to star in the untitled astronaut action pic at MGM starring Ryan Gosling. Their Apple TV series The Afterparty just announced an all-star cast that includes Dave Franco, and they are also developing a Clone High reboot at MTV Studios.
Tooke is one of the rising writing stars in town after cutting his teeth as an EP on Colony for Ryan Condal and a co-executive producer for Dave Callaham on Jean-Claude Van Johnson. He is currently developing an untitled series at Apple. On the film side he penned the recent World War II pic Midway.
Tooke is represented by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Jonathan Shikora at Lichter Grossman. Lord Miller is represented by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham. Tatum, Carolin and Free Association are represented by CAA, Relevant and Hansen, Jacobson.
No idea if this film will have similarities to the 21 Jump Street films, especially since Lord & Miller won’t be writing or directing the film. That said, the first film not only showed the directing duo were more then capable at directing live-action films after only previously directing animated films, but also showed Tatum’s comedic timing and acting range in the series. See below one of the classic scenes from the film.
by Aisha Arshad for OyeYeah News
After Elon Musk himself collaborated with Tom Cruise and NASA for a space film, HBO and Channing Tatum have decided to join forces as the two proceed towards a short series based on Elon Musk and his brainchild SpaceX. The series, consisting of six episodes will be executive produced by Tatum who owns the production company Free Association.
The yet-untitled short series will be based on Ashlee Vance’s book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Vance will also be among the executive producers of the show alongside Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan of the Free Association.
The script of the HBO series will be worked by Doug Jung, and according to Variety, the story would revolve around “how Musk handpicks a team of engineers to work on a remote Pacific Island where they build and launch the first SpaceX rocket into orbit. It led to the spur of a new era of privately funded space exploration, culminating in the first manned Space X launch of the Falcon 9 on May 30, 2020.”
As per reports, Musk himself is not associated with the short series which is yet to release details on its director and cast.
“My only wish is for more time in this life to play in all of the magical realms we have created,” the star writes in the book’s dedication
by Sam Gillette for People
Channing Tatum, the multi-talented actor and director, is taking on a new form of storytelling with his first children’s book, The One and Only Sparkella. And it’s dedicated to his 6-year-old daughter Everly.
“To Everly, the most brilliant magical being that I have ever known,” the Magic Mike actor, 40, writes in the book’s dedication, shared exclusively with PEOPLE. “You are my greatest teacher.”
“My only wish is for more time in this life to play in all of the magical realms we have created,” Tatum continues. “This is also for all Dads that might have a little girl … Wear whatever, dance however, and be as magical as you can. Because I promise they will return the love.”
The picture book, which will be published on May 4, 2021 by Feiwel & Friends, tells the story of a young girl named Ella, who gets teased for her love of sparkly things on her first day of school. But her dad encourages her to continue to wear glittery ribbons and disco-ball shoes. The result is a delightful tale that encourages kids to embrace their individuality — and celebrates the bond between father and daughter.
The One and Only Sparkella is illustrated by Kim Barnes and is the first in a series about Sparkella. The picture book is just one of Tatum’s ongoing projects. He’s now in production on his directorial debut, DOG, which he’s co-directing with Reid Carolin.
But Tatum says his favorite role to date is being a dad to Everly, whom he shares with ex Jenna Dewan. The star has shared Instagram videos and photos of the time he spends with Everly — from getting pedicures to wrestling and boxing. Everly loves all three, Tatum has said.
In September 2018, Tatum proudly talked about his daughter’s independent personality during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“She’s on the ground, rolling around. Every kid is up doing the proper stuff, but she’s just doing her own thing,” Tatum said of Everly’s participation in dance class.
“I wish I could take credit for that, but I can’t, really,” the actor said. “That’s really all her. I think kids come out a little bit of what they’re going to be, and then you foster that to be whatever you hope her to be in the world.”
He added, “She always just does her own thing.”
The One and Only Sparkella will be released in May 2021.
by Borys Kit for Hollywood Reporter
Amazon Studios is screwing its courage to the sticking place, picking up an untitled Lady Macbeth feature project that has Scooter Braun and Channing Tatum among its producers.
And among the unique distinguishing spots on the project is that it is a musical and YA-centric.
Rising scribe S.J. Inwards will write the project while John McPhail, who made the zombie horror comedy musical Anna and the Apocalypse, will direct.
Braun, Scott Manson and James Shin will produce the untitled Lady Macbeth musical through SB Projects. Tatum will produce with his partners Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan and Michael Parets via their banner, Free Association.
Details of the plot are being kept in a castle keep, but the story is said to center on a teenage girl who grapples with her own morality as she contends with the dreadful consequences of her ambition.
It takes its cues from Lady Macbeth, one of literature’s most prominent characters and a key figure in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the tale of a Scottish general who murders his way into kingship while descending into madness from guilt and belief in a prophecy told by witches. Lady Macbeth is his wife, a calculating woman who prods her husband into murder and war.
Parets is overseeing for Free Association and Shin will oversee for SB Projects.
Amazon had no comment but the YA space is an important and burgeoning one for the company as it leans into developing more content for that audience segment.
SB, which has a first-look TV deal with Amazon, was involved with FX’s Dave and CBS’ Scorpion, as well as the Justin Bieber doc, Never Say Never. The company has several projects in development including Anna K for HBO Max, an untitled K-Pop film for Fox, and Black Panther drama A Taste of Power.
The Free Association team recently served as producers on Sony’s upcoming comedic drama, Fatherhood, starring Kevin Hart, and are in pre-production on MGM’s Dog, which Tatum will star in and co-direct with Carolin. The producers are also working with directors Jean-Marc Vallee and Johan Renck on various projects.
Inwards is currently writing Her Better Self for Amblin with Circle of Confusion producing and is also adapting Cursed Pirate Girl for Netflix and BOOM! Studios.
McPhail’s Anna and the Apocalypse premiered at the 2017 edition of Fantastic Fest and was a popular offering on the festival circuit, garnering several award nominations. It was picked up by Orion Pictures in 2018.
Inwards is repped by Verve, Kaplan/Perrone and Ginsburg Daniels. McPhail is repped by Verve, XYZ Films and Marios Rush.