Following his starring role in smash flick Magic Mike, Channing Tatum will next take on a biopic on daredevil Evel Knievel. Over the course of his “career,” the performer managed 75 motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980 and one notoriously failed jump in 1974 across Snake River Canyon. Knievel also earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most broken bones in a lifetime with 433 breaks or fractures. What a dumbass, huh? He died at age 69 in 2007 from pulmonary disease in Florida.
The production team for the movie is Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who are also producing the upcoming and already hyped 50 Shades of Grey—which The Smoking Nun wrote about earlier this week, hoping that William Levy might earn a leading role as the sexually charged lead.
The Knievel movie is based on the book “Life of Evel” by Stuart Barker., which depicts his darker side, including booze and gambling binges, claims of sleeping with 2,000+ women and blowing his $60 million fortune. Sounds pretty dull and dim-witted to meese.
Meanwhile, Tatum is awash in upcoming projects, following Magic Mike. G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Bitter Pill are due in 2013, while he’s filming Lego: The Piece of Resistance, White House Down, Foxcatcher, The Contortionist’s Handbook and Jupiter Ascending. Geez, when does the dude have time to scratch his behind? *