NEWS FLASH: Channing Tatum to Star in and Executive Produce the First Hollywood Movie to Ever Film in South Korea
In a recent 'RUMOR or REEL?' post on the blog, I mentioned there were rumors floating around saying that Channing Tatum may have lined up a new role.
Entertainment Weekly had reported that a pitch from screenwriter Doug Jung (Confidence) was being shopped all around Hollywood. EW portrayed the role as a "fish-out-of-water" story where Chan would play an American cop in South Korea, and we also learned that no other Hollywood studio has ever filmed in the country.
I am extremely excited to report that Fox Atomic (a division of Fox Searchlight that produces and acquires genre films for teen and young adult audiences) has picked up the film and Channing is not only starring in it, he's also going to be one of the film's executive producers along with two of his managers (Peter Kiernan and William Choi from Management 360).
You can read the Variety article in its entirety below:
Fox Atomic Will Go to Korea
Group becomes first to produce film in country
By PATRICK FRATER
Fox Atomic will become the first Hollywood group to produce a studio movie in South Korea when it goes ahead with an untitled pic starring Channing Tatum.
Project was bought as a pitch by the Debbie Liebling-headed division from scripter Doug Jung ("Confidence") before the WGA strike. Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are attached to produce.
The police thriller set in Seoul sets Tatum as a American cop who teams up with a big-time criminal in order to enter the Korean underworld.
Zak Kadison will oversee the project for Fox Atomic. Tatum, Peter Kiernan and William Choi of Management 360 are attached as executive producers. Helmer and a Korean producing partner have yet to be attached.
Pic is not the first sign of Fox interest in Korea, a market where, even after a recent dip, local films dominate the B.O. In April, it was revealed that Paul Hanneman, co-president of Fox Intl., and Kim Woo-taek, CEO of major Korean distrib Showbox, had struck a preliminary agreement that could see the studio co-financing and co-producing Korean pictures. At roughly the same time, Fox exec Mike Heard scouted locations in Seoul and Busan.
Fox Atomic was launched last year as a division of Fox Searchlight to produce and acquire genre films for teen and young adult audiences.
Here's a huge ***HIGH FIVE*** to Chan for adding the coveted title of Executive Producer to his belt so soon in the game and congrats for also adding to his already amazingly long list of upcoming projects. As always, the fans are happy to know we'll have even more opportunities to see Chan on the big screen.