As kids a lot of us would take our bikes out to the front of our houses or apartment buildings, set up some sort of makeshift ramp, rev the bike like a motorcycle and make the jump. In the end, the reality is that you probably didn’t even clear that much distance – but in your mind, you were Evel Knievel for that short period of time.
Speaking of Evel Knievel, it’s being reported that Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) has entered negotiations to produce and star in a film about the world of the famous daredevil. According to the reports, the film will be written by Reid Carolin (Magic Mike) and will be based on Stuart Barker’s Knievel autobiographym Life of Evel.
Tatum has been on quite the roll since 21 Jump Street. Recently he starred in Magic Mike (read our review here), and there are rumors that the real reason G.I. Joe: Retaliation was pushed back until the spring of 2013 was to expand his role after the original script called for Tatum to be killed off in the opening minutes. Aside from G.I. Joe 2, you will also be able to catch Tatum in the forthcoming films Foxcatcher and White House Down (also set for release in 2013).
For those unaware of who Evel Knievel is: he was daredevil extraordinaire during the mid-60s and 70s. During his lifetime, Knievel attempted over 75 ramp-to-ramp jumps, including jumping as many as 19 cars with a Harley Davidson in Houston, Texas. Knievel is also the Guinness World Book record holder for most bones broken in a lifetime (as many as 433). He passed away in 2007 due to a declining health.
So the next time you attempt to jump Hot Wheel cars in your driveway, just think about what it must have felt like for Evel Knievel when he was making the leap over actual vehicles – and then take a minute to think about the incredible leap that Channing Tatum’s career has taken ever since 21 Jump Street. Wouldn’t you just love to be Channing Tatum’s agent right now?
Whether or not negotiations hold up and Tatum signs on, and whether or not the title Life of Evel sticks as the films title remains to be seen. Continue to check back with Screen Rant for further details regarding the project.