Channing Tatum Is Pulling His Male Sexual Abuse Film From the Weinstein Company
Channing Tatum is severing all ties to The Weinstein Company (TWC) after the allegations of sexual assault by Harvey (and now Bob) Weinstein. In a new Instagram post, Tatum reveals he’s pulling his upcoming film Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock from TWC.
The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us. 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.
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.
The note was signed by Tatum and Reid Carolin. Carolin and Tatum were set to co-direct the film for TWC’s Free Association production company. The film would have been Tatum’s directorial debut. Tatum would have also produced and acted in the film, which would have been written by Mike Vukadinovich.
The film was based on the novel by Matthew Quick, who also wrote Silver Linings Playbook. The novel is about Leonard Peacock,a high school student who plans to shoot Asher, his ex-best friend, and himself. It’s revealed that Asher had sexually abused Peacock, and abandoned their friendship once Asher got popular.
TWC owns the rights to the novel, so it’s unclear whether the film will still be made. Prior to Tatum’s involvement, James Ponsoldt was attached. Ponsoldt was the director of The Spectacular Now and The End of the Tour.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock has been in development since April 2013.
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