The answer to the above headline is no. Indeed, Channing Tatum looks to be playing Evel Knievel in Columbia’s upcoming biopic, a film he’s also tapped to produce. But Knievel only tried to jump Snake River Canyon, unfortunately the rocket he was strapped to was unable to clear the distance – feebly parachuting into the very canyon he was trying to jump and presumably bumping his noggin on the way down. Still, it’s hard to argue that few men were better at riding things that jumped over things. Or braver:
Knievel wasn’t just a consummate showman, he was a legit daredevil who still holds the record for most bones broken in a single lifetime at 433 (to put into perspective, an adult human body has 206 bones altogether).
Tatum’s proven he’s had the chops this year, but it’ll be intriguing to see how far he’s able to disapper into the role of Knievel. He pretty much played himself in Magic Mike (a film loosely based on the star’s own experiences), so this is assuredly his most challenging role to date. Based on Stuart Barker’s 2008 book Life of Evel, the biopic is currently being penned by Reid Carolin, Tatum’s producing partner on the project.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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