Tatum wants Refn directing his stripper life
Channing Tatum used to be a stripper apparently, something that will no doubt drive his female fans crazy when they read it, and some male fans I'm sure. However that doesn't stand near the revelation that he has for us today, that he wants to create an autobiographical film about his stripping past.
What's more is that he's chosen a very unlikely director to tackle the project, the director of Bronson (Filmstalker review). Although let's be clear from the outset, this isn't an active project, it's just something he'd like to do.
Channing Tatum revealed that in his early days supporting himself while he tried to find work he was a stripper for a year and went through some crazy times in his life, and that he thinks it would make a great film.
Well it's another story about a star who wants something to happen in Hollywood that hasn't even been considered by the creative talents of writers and directors yet, never mind producers, but he's employing the age old trick of getting it out there publicly and perhaps someone will pick up on it and think it's a good idea. Like Nicolas Winding Refn, the director he wants to pick up the project of his early life.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald through The Playlist he does sound like he's playing with the idea for the reporters rather than actually seriously thinking about developing a project. Mind you with Refn in mind already, he must have a pretty mixed vision for the film and it wouldn't be your average tale of a male stripper.
I think he could sell this though, think Refn's take on The Wrestler story but with male stripping. That could work couldn't it?
Tatum's not really had the kind of career to pick and choose projects just yet, but his current work is moving more and more in that direction. Forget the dancing, fighting and romantic films and look to some of the roles in production and you can clearly see something quite a bit more diverse than he started out with.
Perhaps he's serious, perhaps it really could work. He does say that it's not so much about his story as using it for background to make a film about a male stripper.
"I've already got the director picked out. I'd like Nicolas Refn, who did the movie Bronson, to do it because he's insane for it...It needs to be a crazy film and I think it's also possible to do a cute, romantic movie."
Well I doubt that Refn would create a cute and romantic film, well not in the sense you all might be thinking out there, but I really could see the way The Wrestler was treated applied to the story of a male stripper, couldn't you? Who better to play that than an ex-male stripper?