Channing Tatum to Lead True Crime Thriller for Sony
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Channing Tatum is set to star in and produce an upcoming, untitled true crime thriller for Sony. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are on board to produce with Reid Carolin. Kristin Gore will pen the script.
The film takes place in the late 1970s, and tells "the inspiring true story of an ordinary family man who decides to risk everything by going undercover to take down the biggest mob boss in the country."
Tatum is best known for his roles in Step Up (2006), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Dear John (2010), The Vow (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012) and Magic Mike (2012). He has also appeared in films such as Coach Carter (2005), She's the Man (2006), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), Fighting (2009), and The Dilemma(2010) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).
Zadan and Meron's feature film, television and theater productions have earned a total of six Oscars, 11 Emmy® Awards, two Tony® Awards, a Grammy® Award, five Golden Globes®, two Peabody Awards, five GLAAD Awards and two NAACP Image Awards. For film, they executive produced the 2002 Best Picture winner "Chicago," which won Oscars in six of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the feature films "Footloose" (2011), "Hairspray" (2007) and "The Bucket List" (2007). Zadan also produced the original "Footloose" (1984).
For television, Zadan and Meron executive produced last year's groundbreaking "The Sound of Music Live!" which drew a record-breaking 21.3 million viewers. Their other critically acclaimed credits include last year's miniseries "Bonnie and Clyde," the TV series "Smash" and "Drop Dead Diva." The duo has also produced such Emmy-nominated television movies as "Steel Magnolias," "A Raisin in the Sun," as well as "Annie," "Serving in Silence," "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" and "Gypsy."
On Broadway, they recently produced the revivals of the Tony-winning "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, and the Tony-winning "Promises, Promises" starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.
Zadan and Meron's upcoming projects include executive producing the television musical "Peter Pan Live!" Their new MTV comedy series, "Happyland," premieres this summer. For the big screen, Zadan and Meron are producing "Pippin" for the Weinstein Company, a musical based on the extensive Beach Boys song catalog for FOX 2000 Pictures, and "Monster High" based on the Mattel franchise for Universal Pictures.