Channing Tatum To Headline, Produce Universal Monster Pic

Universal Pictures is all set to continue its “monstrous” theme into the new year–and Channing Tatum and his producing partners are on board for the ride.

Tatum reportedly is working behind the scenes as well as preparing to star in Universal’s next (as-yet-untitled) monster flick, according to Deadline. This new project–described as a “tongue-in-cheek thriller” inspired by the studio’s long and celebrated horror legacy–comes in the wake of Universal’s success earlier this year with The Invisible Man and its newest Wolfman film now in production.

Tatum’s partners in this endeavor–Phil Lord and Chris Miller–will produce the film under their Lord Miller banner, with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan producing under their Free Association brand. Tatum, Lord and Miller previously worked together on the popular 21 Jump Street movies.

Carolin reportedly dreamed up the scenario for the monster movie and then wrote the original treatment. Wes Tooke–who scripted the Midway film and is developing a TV series for Apple–is writing the screenplay. No plot specifics have been announced at this time.

Tatum boasts a diverse cinematic background, with appearances in such genre films as Side Effects, two G.I. Joe movies, White House Down and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. The actor currently is starring in Dog–in production at this time–a film that will be his directorial coming-out party.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this unnamed Universal monster movie.

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Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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