UPDATED: The Playlist shares that this story has now been debunked. Boo.
Recently Cinema Blend was invited to join director Paul Feig at a dinner meant to serve the boring purpose of promoting the release of Feig’s latest comedy, The Heat, on home video. Fortunately for us, their intrepid reporter refused to let an interesting opportunity slip away while talk stuck solely on director’s commentaries and gag reels, and instead managed to turn the focus of conversation to things Feig will be doing in the future. A couple of juicy tidbits were revealed.
First off, Feig spilled the beans that Jason Statham was going to be appearing in that upcoming movie about a female secret agent he’s making that’s starring Melissa McCarthy. You know, the one that used to be called Susan Cooper? From the sound of it, Statham is probably just going to be playing a small part though, and one that comedically undercuts his status as a macho superhero, so that didn’t end up being the part of the conversation that was all that exciting. The exciting part was when the director revealed what he has planned for Channing Tatum.
Apparently Feig is currently developing a romantic comedy for the actor, which is going to be a story that asks what it’s like when an average looking person somehow ends up in a relationship with the sexiest man alive. There’s a twist here though, and the twist is that Feig and company won’t be looking for a leading lady to star opposite Tatum, because this particular project is planned to be a gay romance that will see the former stripper turned current Hollywood superstar acting opposite Saturday Night Live cast member John Milhiser.
Milhiser is one of the new kids who just got added to the show this season, so you might not yet know him, but he’s a comedic talent who’s been a member of the UCB for quite a few years now, so he’s likely got the chops to hang with even an actor as delightfully hammy as Tatum. Here he is being silly with Marcia Gay Harden and Jerry from Parks and Recreation:
What do you think? Does our current society have the maturity necessary to quietly accept a movie that puts a sex symbol like Channing Tatum in a gay relationship? Or is this the sort of thing that’s going to be obnoxiously milked in the media for months, even though we’re years out from any sort of same-sex kiss being able to drum up the remotest bit of controversy on primetime, network television?
Yeah, you’re right, this isn’t the last we’ve heard about this one. Not by a long shot.