Channing Tatum to Star in, Produce True Crime Thriller for Sony (Exclusive)

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced the recent Academy Awards, are teaming with Tatum and his partner, Reid Carolin.

Channing Tatum is going undercover with Sony Pictures.

The studio has picked up an untitled crime thriller with Tatum attached to star and produce.

Joining Tatum as producers are his partner, Reid Carolin, as well as Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, best known for movie musicals such as Chicago and producing the recent 86th Academy Awards.

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Set in the late 1970s, the untitled project is described as the inspiring true story of an ordinary family man who decides to risk everything by going undercover to take down the biggest mob boss in the country.

Kristin Gore, who worked with Zadan and Meron as a writer on the Academy Awards, is set to write.

Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are shepherding for Sony.

Gore, repped by CAA and Alan Hergott, has the sports drama Racing Dreams in development at DreamWorks.

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Tatum, repped by UTA and by Craig Jacobson and Stewart Brookman, stars with Jonah Hill in Sony’s 22 Jump Street, which opens June 13. The actor has a busy year ahead as he stars in Jupiter Ascending, which opens July 18, and in Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s follow-up to Moneyball.

This fall he will shoot Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Magic Mike, which Tatum co-wrote and will produce with Carolin. Tatum also stars.

Zadan and Meron are currently developing Monster High, Universal's adaptation of a Mattel toy line that has a script by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and an untitled Beach Boys project for Fox 2000. The duo will also be reprising their roles as producers for next year's Oscars.

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