Channing Tatum turns his children’s book “The One and Only Sparkella” into a feature film.
Tatum will star in the as-yet-untitled live-action film. According to the official logline, the story “will take on the magic of Sparkella which sees a father and daughter falling headlong into the infinitely surprising world of his imagination.” It’s unclear who will play Tatum’s character’s daughter, a little girl who loves all things glittery.
Tatum’s book “The One and Only Sparkella,” a charming ode to self-esteem and father-daughter love, was released in May 2021 and debuted at No. 1 on the best-seller list. New York Times sellers. It was the first of a three-book deal with Feiwel and Friends. A sequel, “The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan”, was released on May 31, 2022.
Pamela Ribon, a screenwriter on “Moana” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is adapting the book for the screen. No administrator has been appointed.
In addition to starring in the film, Tatum will serve as a producer through his company Free Association. “Sparkella” is part of the Free Association’s first deal with MGM, which was announced last year.
Michael Parets will oversee the project at the Free Association. Parets, Tatum, Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin and Cody Carolin will also serve as producers.
Tatum recently starred in the road-trip comedy “Dog,” opposite a dog named Lucy, and the romantic comedy “The Lost City,” opposite Sandra Bullock. These films were both commercial winners, with “Dog” grossing $70 million at the worldwide box office and “The Lost City” earning $165 million worldwide.
He will next appear in Zoe Kravitz’s debut films, ‘Pussy Island’ and ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’, which will be released later this year.
Little is known about “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” the third and final film inspired by Tatum’s days as a stripper, other than Salma Hayek joining the cast as the new lead.
“There’s going to be a very strong character – almost stronger than Mike – who is female,” Tatum previously said. Variety. He added, “We’ve never done a traditional love story, and this isn’t a traditional love story.”
He also hinted that “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” rightly has “the sickest dance we could ever create”.
“I want this movie to be filled with joy and fun. Everyone’s like, ‘Less character, more dancing.’ So I listened,” he said.
Tatum and Free Association are replaced by CAA, Relevant and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Ribon is represented by CAA, Atlas Literary Management and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP.