Script for Channing Tatum's Project Makes the 2008

One of the things I truly love about doing this site is that I get to learn a lot about the entertainment industry and how it works. I also like to pass that knowledge along to CTU readers. I figure a little knowledge never hurt anyone.

In today’s Hollywood 101 lesson, we all get to learn about “The Black List”. This is not your mother or your grandmother’s Hollywood Black List from back in the 40′s, and it’s not the critically-acclaimed HBO documentary series. I’m refering to the list that was started two years ago by a young executive at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way.

THE PAST

The exec asked 90+ peers to send him their 10 favorite new, unproduced screenplays to read over the holidays. The underground list was then e-mailed around and quickly became a Hollywood phenomenon. To give you an idea, the top three entries of the 2005 list included screenplays for Halle Berry’s ‘Things We Lost in the Fire‘, Ellen Pages’ ‘Juno‘, and Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lars and the Real Girl‘.

THE PRESENT

Fast forward to 2008 and this year’s list was compiled by polling 250 (up from last year’s 150) development executives and high-level assistants. It contains a ranking of the hottest screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood.

The rules are that the screenplays had to be written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2008 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. This year, scripts had to receive at least four mentions to be included on the list.

If you’re interested, you can CLICK HERE to get more details on the top ten scripts on the list from Entertainment Weekly.

THE FUTURE

At this point, I’m sure you’re asking what this has to do with Channing Tatum…

This year, Chan’s new agency, UTA, has bragging rights to the most screenplays on the list and one of those screenplays is tied to one of Chan’s upcoming projects.

Writer/producer Doug Jung (“Big Love“) wrote a screenplay that’s currently called “Untitled Channing Tatum Project” and with 4 mentions, it’s earned a spot on this year’s Black List.

As I previously reported last year, Fox Atomic (a division of Fox Searchlight that produces and acquires genre films for teen and young adult audiences) picked up the script and will become the first Hollywood group to produce a studio movie in South Korea.

Channing is not only starring in the film, he’s also going to be one of the film’s executive producers (along with two of his managers Peter Kiernan and William Choi from Management 360), which is why Chan is currently learning how to speak Korean. The movie is currently set for a 2011 release.

In the film, Chan will play a Los Angeles cop who escorts a Korean gang leader back to South Korea. When the gang leader escapes, killing the cop’s partner in the process, he teams with a young Korean gangster in a bloody pursuit of revenge that takes them through the dangerous and exotic underworld of Seoul.

Well, that’s it for today’s lesson. Hopefully, like me, you’ve learned a little something new about the entertainment world!!!



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2 Responses to NEWS FLASH: Screenplay for Channing Tatum’s Project Makes the 2008 “Black List”

  1. pkuzak says:

    yES i HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY! hOW THE HECK DOES HE HAVE ANY NORMAL TIME BECAUSE ACCORDING TO HIS SCHEDULED WORK THAT HE IS SIGNED FOR i DO NOT SEE HOW HE HAS TIME TO SLEEP. i CAN hARDLY WAIT TO SEE tATUM REALLY CHALLANGE HIMSELF IN A SOLO PROJECT, BY THAT i MEAN ONE HE STARS AND CARRS ALONE AN ADULT WATCHED FILM OF EMOTIONS RATHER THAN JUST ACTION FILMS OR THE STEP UP ROMANCE TYPE THAT USE A GEAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN EACH SCENE. HE DOES THEM FANTASTIC AND HE CAN KEEP ON DOING THEM TILL HE IS OLD AS LONG AS HE STAYS IN SHAPE. THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW PHOTOS AND DIGS THAT HE HAS GOTTEN PUGGGY, MY GOD THAT VACATION WAS PROBABLY HIS ONLY DOWN TIME WITH HIS GIRL AND I THINK HE STILL LOOKED GOOD I THINK A LITTLE WAS WEIGHT AND A LOT WAS PHOTOGRAPHY. HE HAS TO STAY IN SHAPE FOR SO LONG HE HAS TO HAVE A BREAK TO ENJOY KICKING BOCK SOME. HE WENT FROM BEING A MODEL WHER HE PHOTOGRAPHED FANTASTIC ( YOU KNOW HE WAS TO THIN IN REAL LIFE TO DOING ALL THESE MOVIES LOOKING GOOD AND GROWING UP SO TO SAY HE LOOKS MORE MANLY NOW THAN EVER i WISH I KNEW IF HE HAD ALL THE TATOOS OR ANY OR OR THEY PAINTED ON OR COVERED AND ALSO IF HE IS ALWAYS SO SMOOTH OR DOES HE WAX OR SHAVE HIS BODY IF ANY ONE KNOW FOR SURE LPLEASEPOST IT I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR HIM ADDRESS THESE THINGS IN HIS NEXT CLIP–YOU THE MAN CHAN AND WITH YOUR LOOKS AND TALENT I HOPE YOU CHOSE MANY DIFFERENT TYPE ROLES I WILL BE PAYING TO SEE AND BUY THEM — I AM AN OLDER MAN BUT THINK YOU ARE THE BEST NEW FACE OUT THERE ( I KNOW YOU BEEN AROUND A WHILE AND BY THE WAY WE HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON YOU PLAYED A GUY NAMED B0OBBY DAVENPORT ON A CSI SHO AND MY NAME IS BOBBY DAVENPORT (ROBERT BUT GO BY BOBBY)

  2. pkuzak says:

    woops i thought this was general comment i havent read the black list yes so sorry bobby

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