Sexiest Director Alive? Channing Tatum Is About to Helm His First Movie

Tatum will co-direct and produce the adaptation of YA novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Channing Tatum, master of comedy and drama (not to mention 2012’s Sexiest Man Alive), has decided to take a step behind the camera.

Fresh off his dramatic turn in Foxcatcher and this summer’s comedic hit 22 Jump Street, Tatum, 34, will co-direct and produce an adaptation of young-adult novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. The book was written by Matthew Quick, whose debut novel, Silver Linings Playbook, was was made into a 2012 Oscar hit starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum is co-directing and producing the film with collaborator Reid Carolin for The Weinstein Co. and their production company, Free Association.

The book is about a high schooler who plots to kill his best friend before killing himself, but goes to school to say his goodbyes to everyone first. Tatum is also currently in talks to play the teen’s teacher who tries to help, which means the actor has a busy time ahead of him: Foxcatcher just opened to rave reviews, he just finished up shooting Magic Mike XXL, his futuristic drama Jupiter Ascending opens soon and he is set to play Gambit in the next X-Men movie.

Quick is also in demand in Hollywood right now, with another novel, Love May Fail, also currently in development, with Sam Raimi slated to direct.

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