Channing Tatum Halts Development on Sexual Abuse Movie With Weinstein Co.
Matthew Quick's novel 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,' about a suicidal teenager, was set to mark Tatum and Reid Carolin's co-directorial debut.
Channing Tatum is getting out of business with The Weinstein Co.
The actor and producer on Wednesday announced in a joint statement with his producing partner Reid Carolin that the duo are stopping development on a film adaptation of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, following the emergence of decades of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
The 2013 young-adult novel by Matthew Quick centers on a troubled teenager who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. He first visits the four people closest to him, giving each of them a present. As the day goes on, secrets of his past are revealed, including experiences of sexual abuse.
The project was set to mark Tatum and Carolin's co-directorial debut, with Tatum also potentially starring. The Weinstein Co. also released the adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook, based on Quick's 2012 title.
"The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us," read the statement on Tatum's Instagram page. "They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in.
"Our lone project in development with TWC — Matthew Quick's brilliant book, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock — is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse," he continued. "While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out — let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all."
Tatum's halted project follows pleas from Lin-Manuel-Miranda and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes to take their film adaptation of their Tony-winning musical In the Heights elsewhere. Jon M. Chu is directing that film, which is currently in development with TWC. Additionally, the TWC-produced David O. Russell drama, set to star Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro, has been scrapped, and Weinstein's executive producing credit has been removed from all TWC-produced TV shows.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Tatum and Carolin for further comment.