Channing Tatum is having a hell of a year. Both The Vow and 21 Jump Street made well over $100 million domestically, and Magic Mike, still in theatres, looks to end it’s run north of the century mark as well. With a string of hits Tatum is using his new found clout to star in and produce a movie based on the life of famed stuntman Evel Knievel.
Here’s a brief bio of Knievel from The Hollywood Reporter:
Born Robert Craig Knievel, the stuntman became a household name in the 1970s for his nationally televised motorcycle jumps. Ever the showman, Knievel became recognizable for his use of a Stars-and-Stripes getup and known for his 433 broken bones. At the height of his celebrity, he gained endorsements from Harley-Davidson and a toy line by the Ideal Toy Company. Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69.
The movie will be produced through Tatum’s Iron Horse Entertainment and be written by his producing partner Reid Carolin.
Michael DeLuca and Dana Brunetti will also produce for Sony.