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Channing Tatum Producing 'Miami Vice'-Inspired Romanian Cop Show Spoof for A24
Channing Tatum is making another venture into TV.
The 21 Jump Street star, who also is executive producing an NBC dance competition series, is teaming with A24 (The Carmichael Show, Playing House) for an action-comedy series set in the 1980s, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Titled Iron Fisting, the project will be made as a fictional '80s Romanian cop show. Inspired by Miami Vice, the series is jokingly billed as "the greatest '80s Romanian cop show ever." It centers on the exploits of two mismatched buddy cops as they seek to protect Communism and comrades from the evils of capitalism. Like a real Romanian series, the project will be dubbed in English, and production set to begin in September in Eastern Europe. No actors have been cast, and no network is yet attached.
Creators Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka (Animal Practice) will write the series, as well as executive produce along with director Rhys Thomas (Saturday Night Live, Documentary Now!). Tatum's production banner, Free Association, will produce with A24.
"People are constantly asking us: 'When are you guys going to make a 1980s-era Romanian buddy cop show already …' Well, you’re welcome world. Check back soon,” Free Association said Wednesday in a statement.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be financing this one-of-a-kind project,” added A24. “Brian and Alex have created something funny, fresh and totally unexpected, and we are excited to collaborate with them, Rhys Thomas, Free Association, and of course Channing Tatum.”
In addition to the forthcoming dance competition series Tatum is exec producing for NBC, Free Association also is producing his upcoming Marvel film Gambit, Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, a sequel to 22 Jump Street and a Magic Mike Live Las Vegas show based on the two films headlined by the actor.
In addition to its TV work, A24's recent films titles include Room, Amy, Ex-Machina and the upcoming Swiss Army Men.