He broke through thanks to his dancing shoes in Step Up and sizzled as a stripper in the Magic Mike films, but Channing Tatum is now set to act as producer for a brand new movie musical — inspired by Lady Macbeth.
The 40-year-old star is joining forces with record exec Scooter Braun for the young adult-orientated project, which has been snapped up by Amazon Studios. It’s not thought to be connected to the 2017 Lady Macbeth which starred Florence Pugh.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “The story is said to centre on a teenage girl who grapples with her own morality as she contends with the dreadful consequences of her ambition.”
S.J. Inwards is writing the script, with Scottish filmmaker John McPhail stepping behind the camera to direct the movie.
McPhail has form in the teen musical arena, as well as with ambitious genre hybrids, given his last project was Anna and the Apocalypse.
Set at Christmas in and around a Scottish school, it’s a zombie-comedy-musical that plays merrily with the various genres and tones baked into its concept.
The movie premiered to considerable buzz at Fantastic Fest in 2017 and then received strong reviews from critics on its UK release in 2018.
Further details about the upcoming project are being kept under wraps, but the prospect of a major YA musical take on the Lady Macbeth story is a fascinating one.
It’s not the only musical on Tatum’s slate, with the star attached to appear alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Wingmen.
The R-rated project was announced in 2017 and was described as “Pitch Perfect meets Book of Mormon”, following two pilots who crash land in Las Vegas.
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Gordon-Levitt is set to hop back into the director’s chair for the project after making his directorial debut with Don Jon in 2013.