Channing Tatum seems to be on a run at the moment, with roles in 'Jump Street 21' and now 'Magic Mike' being favourably received by critics and audiences alike, and the actor who once worked as a stripper - which 'Magic Mike' is partly based on - now looks set to be heading towards another daredevil roll after The Hollywood Reporter claimed that he was in talks to star in and produce a film about the legendary stunt man Evel Knievel for Columbia Pictures.
Knievel was one of America's most endearing eccentrics, trying some 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, as well as a failed attempt to cross Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He wasn't exactly what you'd call a successful stuntman, breaking some 433 bones in his career. That did though give him an entry into the Guinness Book of Records for "most bones broken in a lifetime". His longest successful jump was at King's Island in Ohio where he managed to jump 133 feet over 14 Greyhound buses, he jumped further at Caesar's Palace back in 1968 at 141 feet but crashed horrifically, landing himself in a coma for 29 days. Remarkably this was at the very beginning of his stunt career and he did most of high profile jumps despite this early incident.
Joining Tatum, should he sign up, for the film are hot shot producing team in Mike Deluca and Dana Brunetti, who just landed the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' job for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.