Channing Tatum, fresh off the success of 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, is in negotiations to star and produce a film based off the life of daredevil Evel Knievel. Tatum will produce through his Iron Horse Entertainment company; business partner Reid Carolin wrote the screenplay for the film. Fifty Shades of Grey producers Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti are also lined up to produce.
Evel Knievel, AKA Robert Craig Knievel, became a star in the 1970s for his televised motorcycle stunts. Knievel was known for his patriotic attire during his shows, and broke bones 433 times over the course of his career. The stuntman has repped for famed motorcycle company Harley-Davidson and has had a toy line from Ideal Toy Company. Knievel died in 2007 at age 69.
This won't be the first film to feature Knievel. George Hamilton starred as Evel Knievel in 1971's Evel Knievel, and Knievel himself starred in 1977's Viva Knievel. Whether the newest film will have a rhyming title is unknown, but the newest Knievel picture is based off Stuart Barker's Life of Evel book, released in 2008. Tatum has enjoyed some success with the semi-autobiographical, so the biopic may be a step in the right direction. You can see Tatum next in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, based on the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.