Expanding his horizons, Channing Tatum has agreed to produce the big screen drama Struck by Genius. There's a good chance Tatum will also star in the film, especially since Sony bought the rights to the story with idea of turning it into a vehicle for the popular actor.
The project will be based on the bestselling memoir by Jason Padgett (with Maureen Ann Seaberg), Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel. It's about a party-loving college dropout who becomes a math genius at the age of 31 after suffering a traumatic brain injury when he is assaulted outside a bar. In the book, released earlier this year, Padgett talks about the disturbing downside of the experience—problems with PTSD, physical pain and isolation from the world, before he was able to find comfort through art.
Tatum will produce along with his Free Association partners, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Given the wacky roles Tatum is known for, it's easy to envision him as an extroverted non-intellectual who must adjust to a life-changing transformation. The actor has already shown he can tackle drama, impressing critics with his performance in Foxcatcher, opening Nov. 14. If he decides to be involved on screen as well as off, it could burnish his reputation as a versatile performer. But don't worry, Tatum won't be giving up comedy anytime soon. He's set to begin work on Magic Mike XXL this fall.
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