Management 360 partner and board member Peter Kiernan has exited to join his clients Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin as a partner in their newly renamed production company Free Association. Kiernan co-managed Tatum and Carolin with 360′s William Choi for more than a decade, joining the firm at its inception in 2002. He will now oversee day to day operations of Free Association, helping to extend the company’s entrepreneur roots — remember, Tatum and Steven Soderbergh self-financed Magic Mike, which landed both their biggest paydays to date and spawned a sequel and an in-the-works Broadway production that will net them even more loot.
Tatum, Carolin and the company will continue to be repped by Choi, Darin Friedman and others at Management 360. They also will continue to be repped by UTA and Hansen, Jacobson.
Tatum and Carolin have produced pics starting with 2012′s Magic Mike, which Carolin wrote and Channing starred in, and the Jump Street pics. Currently they have 22 Jump Street, the Tatum co-starrer which topped the box office in its debut two weeks ago and has passed $150 million worldwide already. Their slate includes an Evel Knieval biopic at Sony starring Tatum and written by Carolin; another Sony pic, Lodi, co-produced with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, about a small-town Cadillac dealer and family man who goes undercover to take down a mob boss. At Warner Bros, Magic Mike 2 has a July 2015 release date, and the prod co is also adapting and producing the Jo Nesbo crime thriller The Son.
On the TV side, the company just signed a deal with MRC. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum and producing partner Reid Carolin are in talks to come aboard The Son, the crime thriller by Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. The novel, which will be published in Norway tomorrow and by Knopf in the U.S. in May, was acquired by Warner Bros and Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park in late 2012. It’s early days, but I am hearing that the conversation is for Tatum and Carolin to potentially direct the movie together. They and McCormick just had dinner in Oslo with the author, who’s a rock star on his home turf. It did not go unnoticed by the local press. The hope is for Tatum to star as well, though it is very early days and they have to still set a scribe and get a script draft.
McCormick will produce through Langley Park alongside Tatum and Carolin, and Nesbø and Niclas Salomonsson will be exec producers. A writer is being sought right now. The novel focuses on a young man who is in prison because he took the rap for crimes that others committed. The thriller starts as the young man’s father, who is said to be a corrupt cop, commits suicide. When the son learns that his father was actually an honest man who was murdered, he escapes to avenge the killing. Along the way, he also begins to rectify the crimes to which he confessed. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin have teamed with their longtime friend Nick Zano for a half-hour comedy co-written by and starring Zano. The project, titled Nicky, has been set up at Warner Bros TV and will be shopped to the networks this coming development season. Nicky is based on Zano’s experiences being raised in a multi-generational house of seven women in New Jersey. He will play 30-year old Nicky, who is trying to finally move out of the house only to realize he needs to stay and help raise his youngest sister. Tatum and Carolin will executive produce through their production company, marking the duo’s first foray into TV series, while Zano will co-executive produce.
Zano, Tatum and Carolin, who have been friends for years, had been looking for a way to tell Nick’s life story for a while. Following Zano’s recent recurring stints on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and ABC’s Happy Endings, the trio decided that a half-hour comedy series would be the perfect vehicle for the idea. Zano, repped by UTA and John Carrabino, also previously co-starred on What I Like About You and recurred on Cougar Town and did features Final Destination and 10 Years, which was produced by Tatum and Carolin and starred Tatum. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Nick Wechsler has acquired The Prophet, the upcoming Michael Koryta novel that will be published in August by Little, Brown and Company. Wechsler hasn’t yet set it up for financing, but he has already attached Reid Carolin to adapt it. Carolin wrote the script for Magic Mike, the upcoming Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper pic that was hatched by Channing Tatum and Carolin, who are partners in Iron Horse Entertainment. Wechsler produced Magic Mike with Tatum, Carolin and Gregory Jacobs.
The Prophet is a tale of two distant brothers in a small Ohio town whose torment over the murder of their sister in their teens is compounded when another teenaged girl is killed. One of the brothers is determined to avenge that killing, even if it means committing murder himself. “We’ve been fans of Michael’s masterful writing for some time, and know that this powerful new novel is perfect for the screen,” Wechsler said. “We were drawn to its themes of family, faith and fear, all set against the backdrop of a gripping serial killer mystery. This story is a perfect mix of thrills, strong characters, and unbreakable bonds.” Read More »
BREAKING: Anchor Bay Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Ten Year, the Jamie Linden-directed drama that premiered at 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The film will be released next spring. Anchor Bay has been negotiating for this for the past month, and it is now nearly done with the deal. It’s low seven figures, including minimum guarantee and P&A for what looks like a platform release. Linden, whose script credits include We Are Marshall and Dear John, wrote the script for a film that was inspired by his own high school reunion. The film has a cast of up-and-comers that includes Channing Tatum, Anthony Mackie, Lynn Collins, Rosario Dawson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Brian Geraghty, Ari Graynor, Oscar Isaac, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, and Chris Pratt.
The film tells a Big Chill-style story about a group of friends who reunite and assess where they find themselves and what they hope to accomplish in the future. The film was produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, and Iron Horse Entertainment’s Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. Eric Gores, Scott Lumpkin and Frank Mancuso Jr were exec producers. Gores and Mancuso’s Boss Media funded the film and the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group made the deal with Anchor Bay president Bill Clark and Kevin Kasha, exec veep of acquisitions and co-productions.
As predicted here, Warner Bros completed its acquisition of domestic rights on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, which stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The studio just dated the film for release on June 29, 2012. Soderbergh and Tatum funded the film, and FilmNation is selling offshore territories at AFM. The script was written by Tatum’s Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, and they are producing with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.
The film, based on the world Tatum observed when he was a male stripper, has a beefcake cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash. Warner Bros recently released Soderbergh’s Contagion, and is prepping his next film, The Man From UNCLE.
EXCLUSIVE: While several studios are in the mix on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, I’m told that Warner Bros has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire domestic distribution rights and that a deal could be done by next week. The film, which is wrapping this week, stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The picture’s budget was ponied up by Soderbergh and Tatum, with Glen Basner at FilmNation making offshore sales. Script was written by Reid Carolin. He’s Tatum’s production partner and they are producing the film with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.
The film’s based on Tatum’s own experiences when he became an exotic dancer before breaking into acting. The film has drawn an ab-centric cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Warner Bros seems a good fit for the material. The studio just distributed Soderbergh’s hit Contagion, and Warner Bros will make his next film, The Man From UNCLE, which is in the process of getting a new title character after George Clooney exited the project because he’s having some surgery.
Matt Bomer, star of the USA series White Collar, has joined the ab-worthy cast of hunks who’ll play male strippers in Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s next film. So far, Soderbergh has cast Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey. Magic Mike is a Saturday Night Fever-style coming of age story. Tatum plays the title character, who schools a young dancer (Pettyfer) in how to hustle on and off the stage. The inspiration was Channing’s own experiences as a stripper when he was 19. Nick Wechsler is producing with Tatum, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin. Carolin wrote the script. Soderbergh has called the film “sexy, funny and shocking” using Saturday Night Fever as a model. Bomer will next be seen in the Andrew Niccol-directed In Time, playing the pivotal role of a wealthy man who gives the protagonist (Justin Timberlake) a shot at a longer life. Check out that trailer:
(Beverly Hills, CA) December 3, 2010 – Relativity Media announced today it has closed a production deal with actor Channing Tatum and producing partner Reid Carolin’s unnamed production company.
The studio has worked with Tatum on the films Dear John, Fighting, and Haywire. The production pact is for two years and allows Relativity the opportunity to partner on projects that the company develops.
“Channing is an immensely talented actor and incredibly enthusiastic about finding material to produce with Reid. We look forward to working with the two of them over the coming years,” said Relativity’s President of Worldwide Production, Tucker Tooley.
The production company’s first project, which is not part of this new deal, Ten Year, about a high school reunion, starts production in December in New Mexico. Directed by Jamie Linden, writer of Dear John and We Are Marshall, the film stars Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Kate Mara, Brian Geraghty, Chris Pratt and Justin Long.The company’s other projects in development include Contortionist’s Handbook with Greenestreet Films, What’s Left of Us and 11 Minutes. Channing Tatum will next be seen in a comedic turn in Universal’s The Dilemma, followed by his starring role in the Focus Features Roman epic adventure, The Eagle. He will also star in Sony’s The Vow with Rachel McAdams, and he will star opposite Al Pacino and Katie Holmes in Dito Montiel’s Son of No One which will