Hollywood Icon Channing Tatum announced in a statement he is pulling development of a film after the latest revelations in regards to Harvey Weinstein. The move came 1 day after The Weinstein Company board of directors fired Weinstein.
The film was being developed by The Weinstein Company and would’ve been Tatum’s directorial debut, according to BuzzFeed. Coincidentally, the film’s storyline was about a 17-year-old sexually abused boy and was titled Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.
According to Buzzfeed’ s article:
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was being adapted from the fiction novel written by Quick. The novel is about the titular 17-year-old boy who plans to shoot his former best friend, Asher, then kill himself, on his birthday.
Tatum released the following statement on his decision:
Here is the statement in full:
“The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us,” Tatum and Carolin wrote in a joint statement, which was posted to Tatum’s Instagram. “They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in. Our lone project in development with TWC — Matthew Quick’s brilliant book, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock — is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse. While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out — let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all.”
Harvey Weinstein has suffered several attacks from Hollywood after revelations of him sexually assaulting and harassing at least 40 women have come to light. Tatum’s move could likely be the start of a domino effect and cause other directors to not want to work with The Weinstein Company, which is still owned by Weinstein despite his termination.