Saturday, October 25, 2008

CHANNING TATUM PROJECT UPDATE: 'Dear John', 'Fighting', 'Stanford Prison Experiment', and 'Step Up 2'

In a recent post, I updated you all on some of Jenna Dewan's current projects. In addition to a rumored switch from the talent agency William Morris to United Talent Artists with his long time theatrical agent Louise Ward, there's been a lot of different things going on with Channing Tatum and his movies too. Fans can read below to get all of the latest scoop.


'Dear John' Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Scott Porter, and Henry Thomas

Channing has been filming his romantic drama 'Dear John' all over the beautiful Charleston, South Carolina beaches. In this past week alone, numerous lucky fans have seen him and the cast filming on Isle of Palms beaches on October 20th and on Folly Beach on the 23rd.

In addition to Channing playing the role of John Tyree and Amanda Seyfried playing his love interest Savannah, we recently learned that Scott Porter has also joined the cast. I initially thought he was playing the role of Tim, but have since learned that he may actually have been cast as John's nemesis Randy.

What we do know for sure is that Henry Thomas, who famously played Elliot in E.T., has been cast in the Lasse Hallström directed love story which is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel that follows a soldier on leave (Channing Tatum) who falls for a college student (Amanda Seyfried) only to reenlist in the Army after 9/11. They are saying that Thomas plays the older man who has an affair with Savannah while John is away. Based on what I know about the storyline, I think that means Henry may have been cast in the role of Tim.


Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard on the Manhattan, New York Set of 'Fighting' (September 26, 2007 - High Quality - HQ)The Associated Press is reporting that Relativity Media is currently in talks with Universal Studios to acquire Rogue Pictures. The sale would include Rogue's 30-title library, four films that are set for release in 2009, and its entire development slate.

Why should this tidbit of information matter to Channing Tatum fans? I'll try to explain...

Channing Tatum's underground mix martial arts drama 'Fighting', which also stars Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, is one of those four Rogue Pictures films that are set to release in 2009. Initially I had read that 'Fighting' may be released early in 2009, but the fact that Rogue could be purchased by Relativity makes that release date a little more uncertain. We may now have to wait until later in the year to see the film.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this one, so I hope the release date ends up being sooner rather than later, but sadly that's all up to the studio gods (whoever they end up being).


I hate to be the harbinger of bad news today, but the Stanford Daily is saying there may be a delay in another one of Chan's potential projects. (On a side note, delays are very common in the entertainment industry, so it's something I'm starting to get used to.)

They are reporting that the 'Stanford Prison Experiment' is still in the works, but the big-screen Hollywood retelling of Stanford Professor Philip Zimbardo’s famed 1970's prison experiment continues to hit roadblocks.

The film was originally delayed when Christopher McQuarrie, the director and co-writer of the film with Tim Talbott, went abroad to Berlin to work on Tom Cruise's upcoming movie “Valkyrie” (a film about the assassination plot against Adolf Hitler) as a writer, producer and assistant director. Additional delays were also caused by a now settled law suit over distribution rights for the film.

With the delays hopefully behind him, McQuarrie is currently at the casting stage. He is searching for actors to play the prison guard ensemble, Professor Zimbardo, Carlo Prescott (an ex-convict and chief consultant for the experiment who has raised objections to the making of the movie) and psychologist Christina Maslach (the film’s heroine).

Despite previous rumors that Ryan Phillippe, Kieran Culkin, Paul Dano, Jesse Eisenberg, Charlie Hunnam, Ben McKenzie and Channing Tatum would be starring in the movie, no main characters have yet been completely confirmed.

The real Professor Zimbardo, a senior consultant for the movie who works closely with its writers, conducted the experiment in 1971. He assigned student volunteers to the roles of prison guards and prisoners, but the study was ended prematurely due to the intense reactions of the subjects to their roles.

Although the film was originally slated to be released in 2009, the 'Stanford Prison Experiment' is currently considered to be on hold without a release date. Fan's shouldn't fret, because Chan has plenty of other projects in development to keep him and his fans very busy in 2009 and beyond.


'Step Up 2: The Streets' Poster (Norway)To end this movie update on a happier note, I want to let Channing Tatum's Fabulous Fans in Sweden know that his highly successful dance hit ‘Step Up 2: The Streets‘ was just released on DVD in your country this week!!!

Fans can CLICK HERE to buy the DVD and can get more info on the Swedish movie site LoveFilm.se.

What's next for ‘Step Up 2: The Streets‘? The film will next release on DVD in Denmark on October 28, 2008.

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