At this point, it’s kind of an understatement to say it’s been a busy year for Channing Tatum…
Since January, he’s released his romantic drama ‘Dear John‘, wrapped on two new films (Steven Soderbergh’s action-revenge spy thriller ‘Knockout‘ and Dito Montiel’s crime thriller ‘Son of No One‘), shot reshoots for Kevin MacDonald’s Roman drama ‘Eagle of the Ninth‘, executive produced and premiered the political documentary ‘Earth Made of Glass‘ at the Tribeca Film Festival, started filming Ron Howard and Vince Vaughn’s comedy ‘Cheaters‘, and signed on to the inspirational detox drama ‘What’s Left of Us‘.
Why, you may ask? Well, his next project is not only a romantic drama (which I LOVE), it’s also the casting marriage of two of the top ten highest grossing romantic dramas EVER (aka ‘The Notebook‘ and ‘Dear John‘)!!!
Chan’s new project is called ‘The Vow‘ and is based on a true story about a young woman (played by ‘The Notebook’s Rachel McAdams) who loses all recent memory in a car accident and struggles to rebuild her identity. It’s the real-life story of a couple — Kim and Krickitt Carpenter — that’s also chronicled in a book called “The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story‘ and dates from 1993, two months after their marriage, when their car was hit from behind by a truck.
Here’s a description of the book…
“Life as Kim and Krickitt Carpenter knew it was shattered beyond recognition on November 24, 1993, two months after their marriage, when their Ford Escort was hit from behind by a fast-moving truck. A massive head injury left Krickitt in a coma for weeks. When she finally emerged from the coma, she recognized her parents and everyone else — but she didn’t know Kim. She had no idea who he was. The ‘Krickitt’ Kim had married essentially died in the accident. The Vow is the true tale of the reconstruction of two lives and a marriage after an event so shattering that most others would have parted ways long ago. Though it was not easy, and it tested every fiber of who they were, Kim and Krickitt fell in love all over again.”
Here’s what THR had to say about the new film…
“Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum will star in “The Vow,” a love story being produced and financed by Spyglass. Michael Sucsy, who directed HBO’s “Grey Gardens,” is sitting behind the camera. “Vow” tells the real-life story of a newlywed New Mexico couple, played by McAdams and Tatum, who end up in a car crash. The wife is put in a coma, where she is cared for by her devoted husband. When she comes to, without any memory of her husband or their marriage, the husband woos her and attempts to wins her heart again. The project has been in development for more than a decade and at one point was being prepped as a vehicle for Julia Roberts…”Vow” is the third film that Tatum, repped by UTA and Management 360, has booked this year…”
Although details are still being finalized, production most likely will start filming in September and possibly in Chicago and Toronto.
He’s told me that ‘Dear John‘ is and always will be a project that’s near and dear to his heart for a lot of different reasons, and I feel like ‘Vow‘ is a way for him to recreate that same amazing atmosphere.
There’s also no question as to why a studio would want to see Chan in this kind of film. In a year where many movies are struggling at the box office, ‘Dear John‘ more than exceeded everyone’s expectations by being the first film to beat juggernaut ‘Avatar‘ at the box office and by making over $30 million opening weekend and over $111 million worldwide since it’s February 5th theatrical release. The film also topped DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand sales when it debuted on May 25th.
“All my casting dreams have come true… sigh…”
This all sounds like a perfect storm as far as I’m concerned, and I’m loving the plot (has a ‘50 First Dates‘ vibe, which is one of my favs) and the fact that it’s a true story. I truly can’t wait for ‘The Vow‘ !!! And as always, CONGRATS to Chan!
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