Actor Channing Tatum is reportedly in talks to make his directorial debut with a movie adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel The Son. The book will be released in Norway on Thursday (20Mar14) and in the U.S. in May (14) and the Magic Mike star and his producing partner Reid Carolin are hoping to make the story their next project, according to Deadline.com.
Warner Bros. movie executives are also hoping Tatum will star in the movie, which centres on a man who is sent to prison after he takes the blame for crimes committed by others.
This isn't the first novel by the Norwegian author that is set to be adapted for the big screen - Martin Scorsese is attached to develop a film based on The Snowman and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Blood On Snow, which Nesbo wrote under the pseudonym Tom Johansson.
Scale things down from the Capitol Building explosions, the venomous terrorist ploys, and the overarching subtext of international warfare, and you've got the real fun of White House Down: its character. Yet another melding of astronomical disaster and human charm from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, the D.C.-set thriller actually veers the lot of its attention away from collapsing buildings (thankfully) and towards the nuanced moments between its affable stars: Secret Service hopeful Channing Tatum and freshly passionate commander in chief Jamie Foxx.
As an unlikely camaraderie forms between the two stars — who are forced to band together when Washington faces the wrath of American activists — we warm up to not a security guard and a president, but the men who occupy these positions: a lifelong underacheiver trying to get his act together to impress his intellectual middle school-aged daughter (who becomes one of the many hostages taken by the West Wing assailants) and a working class do-gooder who, while still enamored with his new place in the world, shows signs of cynicism about the political system and no shortage of conflict over the choices he's had to make... not to mention a nasty smoking habit he's trying to kick (gee, I wonder who he's supposed to be?).
Setting their differences aside in the interest of their country — Tatum's John Cale is a veteran and suggested conservative, while Foxx's President Sawyer ensnares the rage of his old white constituents for his peace-lovin' ways and lack of military background (seriously, who could he be?) — and of Cale's daughter Emily, the two develop a "buddy cop" formula that provides as many warm laughs as it does action thrills.
Thanks to the allure and comic chops of Foxx and, yes, Tatum, this motif seldom misses the mark. It's when the film aims in a different direction, shooting for sincere intensity over action-heavy candy, that some of the luster is lost. Never boring but sometimes hard to watch, thanks to the heavy artillery that is a terrorist ploy so vividly embedded in current events, the film loses its sense of "fun" in a plot that is at times too close to home. With the baddies led by Washington insiders — many of whom are not devoid of humanity but simply corroded by a flawed system and imperfect policies — White House Down sometimes seems to be a movie about our political situation, rather than a movie using our political situation to deliver a fun summer actioner. Unfortunately, the teetering of this line doesn't inject the film with depth as much as it does to confuse the viewer on what to feel.
Are we meant to ponder the gravity of White House Down's international climate? At times, it seems as though Emmerich is inviting us to do so... but then, a federal agent makes a crack about the president using a rocket launcher, or a plucky tour guide goes ape s**t on a terrorist for breaking a West Wing antique. We're back in the realm of the ridiculous, where we, and the movie, belong.
And when it keeps to this territory, White House Down is as much fun as you might want it to be. Oddly, when we think back on Independence Day, we don't cite the explosions and sweeping battles, but the laughable quips and exclamations — the "Welcome to Urf!"s and "Nobody's perfect"s. And that same human charm ebbs and flows throughout White House Down. When it veers from this path, honing in on an imperiled D.C. or a vindictive gang of vigilantes, we just wait for the fun again. But no more than a scene later, it's back, rocket launched right at us.
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Hey ladies, remember when you went to go see Magic Mike with all your girlfriends and the whole audience was struggling to bridle its feelings of lust? It was tough. But the struggle doesn't end there. No, my female friends, it will continue — with Magic Mike 2.
Channing Tatum has said that the sequel to the movie that had us all flustered (and slightly confused as to why Kevin Nash was there) is currently in development. Only this time there won't be so much plot interrupting the stripping we're all really there for.
"It will be a road-trip movie," Tatum told The Hollywood Reporter, "and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama. The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences."
That's what we want to hear. Swing away, Channing. Swing away.
Another change is that Steven Soderbergh, who directed Magic Mike, will not be directing the sequel. Tatum said that either he and his producing partner Reid Carolin will direct, or they'll have Greg Jacobs direct. Tatum is considering having Soderbergh as the director of photography, but that would bring it's own challenges.
"Because he is such an opinionated and talented man," Tatum said, "if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don't want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you."
So Tatum still has some decisions to make about Magic Mike 2, but whatever happens, you can bet we'll all be at the theater, probably more than once.
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Channing Tatum is terrified that moviemaker Steven Soderbergh will honour a promise to return for a Magic Mike sequel - and serve as the actor's directing sidekick. Tatum has revealed he's developing the film, which is based loosely on his own experiences as a male stripper, and really wants Soderbergh to return as director, but the filmmaker insists he's serious about his plans to retire and he'll only sign up if the actor takes over the project, and makes him his director of photography.
The movie hunk says, "He really wants to be done directing movies. We'll see. I wish people would lobby him to finish what he started: 'Come on, man! Stop being stubborn and come back'. I've said that to him, but he is a very fixed-in-his-ways guy, and if he says it, it is hard to change.
"That's sort of where we are at - either (producing partner) Reid Carolin and I will direct it together, or we'll have Greg Jacobs direct. He worked as a producer on the movie and has been Steven's right-hand man for almost 25 movies. Right now, we're just trying to clean up the story, and then we'll make a decision.
"But it is hard for me and Reid to direct after one of the greatest directors of our time. Steven... has said he would shoot it; he would DP it... (but) he is such an opinionated and talented man, if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don't want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you."
Movie star Channing Tatum is eyeing success on the small screen after signing a deal with Warner Bros. Television to executive produce a new scripted comedy. The 21 Jump Street hunk has teamed up with screenwriter Nick Zano for the as-yet-untitled project, a half-hour, multi-camera show about a 30-year-old man as he tries to move out of his family home in New Jersey, only to realise he needs to stay to help raise his baby sister.
The plot is based on Zano's own life story being brought up in a house full of women, reports Deadline.com.
Tatum will serve as executive producer alongside Zano and Reid Carolin, who collaborated with the actor on stripper comedy Magic Mike, which was inspired by the star's own experiences as a teenage dancer in Florida.
The Vow star will stop taking on movie roles to work with production partner Reid Carolin on a number of new projects.
He tells EW.com, "(Reid and I) have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in (the works). By the end of next year, we're going to shut things down and write the first thing that we're going to direct.
"We're going to be like, alright, no more acting parts for a minute, let's take a few and really get caring about that section of our career.
"I love the steps that I've taken acting-wise. That has been a wild sort of exploration. But I don't want to just keep putting (directing) off for these fun and incredible opportunities."
Tatum credits his Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh with helping him understand the filmmaking process: "I don't think Reid and I would have the b**ls to try to make a movie without learning what we did from Soderbergh and (assistant director) Greg Jacobs. It was like a crazy crash course Cliff Notes (study guide) on directing and how to make movies, literally get them done."
The star recently revealed he was developing a follow-up to the raunchy film, which was inspired by his own real-life experiences as a male dancer in Florida, and the Hollywood hunk is keen to take full charge of the project after serving as producer on the first installment with his business partner Reid Carolin.
He tells Vulture.com, "We've thought about directing Magic Mike 2, and we're still thinking about it, and we want to do that.
"We want to do the sequel. It's too good of a movie, and the characters are so crazy, that we want to go for it. We feel like we did the little indie version this last time, and for the next one, we want to up the stakes a little, maybe go even farther."
Tatum admits he only began thinking about directing the follow-up because Steven Soderbergh, who took charge of the sexy summer hit, has since retired from filmmaking.
He says, "It's weird to think about the movie without Soderbergh, but he's gone. He's definitely retired. He's like in Hawaii right now. I could look at how he uses the camera, how he sets up shots, how he makes his decisions, but at the end of the day, it's really how he sees the world, and we'll never be able to copy Soderbergh. No one can."
But the actor has no intention of rushing into Magic Mike 2 - because he wants to make his directorial debut with a smaller, less high-profile project.
He adds, "Reid and I aren't idiots! We're not going to direct our first movie as a sequel to a Steven Soderbergh movie. That's not smart. I want to start with something very small... make a lot of mistakes, make them real early, and then go jump in (on Magic Mike 2)."
Tatum, who worked as a bare-it-all dancer in Florida in his late teens, teamed up with top director Steven Soderbergh and turned his story into hit new movie Magic Mike.
Screenwriter and producer Reid Carolin recently revealed plans to take the stripper tale to the Big Apple and Hollywood hunk Tatum reveals it was actually Bomer's idea to put the story on stage.
He explains, "Matt started singing some of the songs while he was onstage (in the film), and he was like, 'This would kill as a musical.' That cemented it for me."
Soderbergh is already onboard for the screen-to-stage project and Carolin tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "We want it to be a place where women can scream at the dancers and throw money."
But Tatum isn't sure he'll return for the musical: "I'd need a lot of singing classes."
First thing's first: Magic Mike delivers on the eye candy. Club Xquisite the wildest male strip club in Tampa sports an ensemble of muscled men ready to flash their ridiculous moves in even more ridiculous dance numbers (this crew has never seen a pair of assless pants they didn't like). Bringing a few dollar bills to the movie is recommended — Magic Mike is shot up close and personal enough that flailing them about will come naturally.
But between the codpieces air humping and penis pumps Magic Mike tells a surprisingly relatable funny and poignant parable centered on a character all too familiar to anyone with an ounce of ambition. Mike (Channing Tatum) leads a triple life: By day he's a roof tiler; by night an exotic dancer; and in his dreams he's a furniture craftsman and entrepreneur. When Mike first crosses paths with Adam (Alex Pettyfer) his worries about the future are dispelled slipping right into mentor mode to show the 19-year-old the wonders of sex drugs and rock and roll. Adam's broke and without direction — the perfect state of being for a stripper-in-the-making. Mike's sales pitch is irresistible and when Adam unwillingly takes the stage for the first time he feels the rush of a dozen woman screaming groping and stuffing singles down his jock strap. There's no question: A stripper's life is a journey worth embarking on.
In his typical fashion director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic Erin Brockovich) defies conventions sticking with Mike's ups and downs rather than transforming Magic Mike into a Goodfellas-esque "newbie in over his head" story. Between playing protector to the mesmerized Adam and attempting to strike up an actual relationship with Adam's sister Brooke (Cody Horn) Mike finds himself for the first time looking inward. Does a job define a man? He's convinced it doesn't but as Adam loses himself to the profession becoming the Xquisite's cutthroat owner Dallas' (the wonderfully slimy Matthew McConaughey) right-hand man and parlaying the gig into more dangerous ventures Mike realizes breakdancing in thongs may be more poisonous to his dreams than he ever realized.
Exploitation Magic Mike is not. The film's dance sequences are sexy and sleek but only to clue the audience into the job's allure. Backstage is equally important; Soderbergh does an amazing job constructing the boy's club atmosphere that keeps Mike and Adam coming back. Lively characters like Ken (Matt Bomer) and Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello) say little but speak volumes in the background of every scene. They're palling around and when they finally do reach out to Adam to profess their friendship it makes perfect sense. For a guy without a family the dancers are a perfect replacement.
While the cast is stellar Tatum continues his streak of star-making performances in the role of Mike. Obviously the man can dance — and he blows any memories of Step Up into oblivion. Beyond that he's perfectly in tune with Soderbergh's naturalistic style cool on his feet with the comedy and devastatingly subtle in the drama. His rapport with Horn who is equally striking in her casual approach is sweet and real a constant reminder that even a guy who lap dances in a fireman costume for a living has feelings too. Soderbergh enhances each of his performers with spot on photography: His Tampa is gritty and yellow-tinged the interior of the club a safe haven from the blase nature of reality. Magic Mike carries a full package.
Magic Mike hits all the right notes of comedy and drama that's completely unexpected in the summer blockbuster surroundings. Come for the stripping stay for the high-caliber filmmaking. Magic Mike is one of the year's best.
The actor plays an exotic dancer in the saucy new film, which was based in part on his own experiences stripping for cash in Florida when he was 19 years old.
Now Magic Mike is heading to the theatre - screenwriter and producer Reid Carolin has revealed plans to bring the stripper tale to the Big Apple.
Carolin tells USA Today, "I'm almost more excited about that than the movie because I think it's the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show."
British actor Alex Pettyfer, who plays Tatum's stripping protege, would love to make an appearance in the show with the rest of the film's cast, which includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello.
He says, "I think we should all do the opening night."