Channing Tatum Calls Off His Directorial Debut at The Weinstein Company

The 'Magic Mike' actor will no longer develop YA movie 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock' which was supposed to become his directorial debut.

AceShowbiz - Channing Tatum doesn't want anything to do with The Weinstein Company amid Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. The actor has decided to pull the plug on his upcoming movie financed by the company. The project was supposed to mark his directorial debut.

Tatum was initially set to helm the film along with Reid Carolin. The actor was also expected to star in it. Based on Matthew Quick's a young adult book called "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock", it revolves around a troubled teenager who deals with sexual abuse and plans to kill himself and his best friend.

"The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us," the actor broke the news to his 15-million followers on 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," he went on. "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."

The "Magic Mike" star continued, "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."

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The Weinstein Company also lost their projects at Amazon. TWC was supposed to develop a series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore and another one called "The Romanoffs". However, Amazon decided to call off the former and move forward with the latter, but without TWC involvement.

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