It’s the news story you’ve all been waiting for, not only will Channing Tatum continue to act, but he’ll also produce. According to Deadline, the G.I. Joe star is set to play the lead in the feature adaptation of The Contortionist’s Handbook, a popular novel by Craig Clevenger. The book is highly praised so the idea of Tatum taking it to the big screen might be a hard pill for some people to swallow if you’re not a fan of his…acting.
The Contortionist’s Handbook has been adapted for the screen by Robin Shushan, who penned the script. The story centers on “a forger who moves smoothly from one identity to the next because of a strict code of conduct that keeps him from getting caught or having to deal with his own troubled past. That gets upended when he falls for a beautiful woman with her own dark secret.” Isn’t that how it always is? A beautiful woman always manages to throw a monkey wrench into an otherwise perfect plan (rolls eyes).
Tatum will serve as a co-producer, along with Reid Carolin, his partner in the shingle 33andout. At the moment Tatum has a load of films that have to be shot before he can even touch The Contortionist’s Handbook, including The Vow and The Eagle. By the time he gets around to filming it, you should be settled into the idea of him playing the lead. It’s a slow process, but you will eventually accept it.
What do you think of Tatum starring and producing The Contortionist’s Handbook? Do you think he can take on the story? Are you a fan of the book?