American actor Channing Tatum will produce and star in an upcoming live-action movie adaptation of his first picture book, “The One and Only Sparkella” for MGM.
Tatum’s book, illustrated by Kim Barnes, was published by Feiwel & Friends in May 2021 and had topped the #1 New York Times bestseller.
It centers on a father who teaches his daughter, Ella, her importance after she felt like an outsider at school.
Tatum is slated to release a second children’s book, “The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan“, on May 31st, with a third on the way.
The “Lost City” actor will play Sparkella‘s father figure, but there is no word on who will play Ella.
Pamela Ribon is writing the screenplay for the adaptation, which does not yet have a director.
Moreover, Tatum will produce under his Free Association production company, which has a first-look deal with MGM.
Michael Parets, Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, and Cody Carolin will also produce, with Parets overseeing the project for Free Association.
Tatum recently made his feature directorial debut alongside Reid Carolin in the MGM movie “Dog”, in which he also starred.
He will next be seen in Zoë Kravitz’s feature directorial debut “Pussy Island” and the third and final Magic Mike movie, “Magic Mike’s Last Dance”.