Channing Tatum to Make Directorial Debut with YA Adaption


Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum at WonderCon 2012

Channing Tatum is to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s YA novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Co.

According to THR, Tatum is to co-direct and produce the film with Reid Carolin, Tatum’s long-time producing partner and Magic Mike screenwriter.

Quick’s novel tells of a troubled high school student who decides to murder his best friend before killing himself. Tatum may play the teacher who realises the potential danger and intervenes.

Quick also penned the novel Silver Linings Playbook, which brought The Weinsten Co. big success, so it’s no wonder the studio is back on another adaptation. Even Sony’s on the Quick bandwagon, moving forward on an adaptation of the author’s upcoming book, Love May Fail. Sam Raimi is to at the helm of that one.

Tatum’s career as a filmmaker is gaining strength. Not only does he have Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock on the table to direct, but Tatum and Carolin are also attached to direct The Son, a crime thriller based on a Jo Nesbo novel.