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Channing Tatum to star in, co-produce Evel Knievel biopic

By Daniel S Levine,

Channing Tatum has been on a roll this year, with the back-to-back-to-back successes of The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. His next film project will have him star as one of the most famous daredevils who ever lived, Evel Knievel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum will star in and co-produce a Knievel biopic for Sony’s Columbia Pictures. The film will be produced under his Iron Horse Entertainment banner with partner Reid Carolin, who has also been tapped to write the screenplay.

MTV News notes that other producers for the film include Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who were just hired to produce Universal and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation.

Carolin’s script will be based on Stuart Barker’s 2008 book Life of Evel.

Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, became one of the most famous stuntmen in the world, thanks to his frequent nationally televised motorcycle jumps in the 1970s. He famously broke 443 bones in his body (a Guinness World Record) and frequently wore red, white and blue jumpsuits. Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69. His life was previously turned into a film in 1971’s Evel Knievel, with George Hamilton playing the title role. Knievel himself starred in 1977’s Viva Knievel!.

Tatum’s next film is Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller and based on the life of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.

 
 

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