Channing Tatum Might Jump Over a Ton of Stuff and Break Hundreds of Bones in Evel Knievel Film

Years before he krumped and jazzed and tapped and whatevered his way into hearts with his star turn in Step Up (and a star turn it was), Channing Tatum also starred in a little-seen trifle called Supercross. It is, of course, a film about motocross-riding brothers who seek to avenge the death of their father by way of, duh, a motocross-riding competition. Tatum plays the asshole role, as a fellow motocross star named “Rowdy Sparks.” It’s that kind of movie.

Now it looks like Tatum is getting back on the bike for a (somewhat) different take on dudes, motorcycles, and bad decisions. THR reports (via ComingSoon) that the star is currently in negotiations to star in and produce a film about the infamous Evel Knievel for Columbia Pictures. Tatum would be producing the picture through his Iron Horse Entertainment, alongside his partner Reid Carolin, who will also write the screenplay (Carolin recently penned Tatum’s Magic Mike, which the pair produced) from Stuart Barker‘s 2008 book, “Life of Evel.”

The notorious Knievel is perhaps the best known daredevil in modern American history. Born Robert Craig Knievel, the motorcycle-riding madman attempted over 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps in a fifteen year period. He is also well-known for one of his more dubious honors – as the Guinness Book of World Records holder for “most bones broken in a lifetime” (433!). Clearly, those two distinctions go hand in hand. Knievel died in 2007 at age 69.

Tatum and Carolin would be producing the project with Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who recently signed on to produce the 50 Shades of Grey adaptation.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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