Channing Tatum cancels film about sexual abuse due to ties with Harvey Weinstein
As you are no doubt well aware, there has been an astounding number of allegations of sexual misconduct made against powerful men in the film industry. It all started with a few claims of sexual assault and harassment with regards to movie producer Harvey Weinstein, but in the weeks since it has become a much bigger story.
Not only has Weinstein's list of accusers amounted to more than 50 women, including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Headey, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne, but other victims of similar abuses of power have gone public too. Now with Kevin Spacey, Ed Westwick and Louis CK being implicated, too, it has become increasingly clear that this is an issue within the industry, as people have ignored or even forgiven horrendous behavior from so-called professionals out of fear of rocking the boat.
Thankfully, there have been some responses from people in the industry that give us a little faith in humanity once again, such as Channing Tatum's recent decision to cancel a project he was working on with Harvey Weinstein's company.
The actor, who has blossomed from rom-com hunk into a great comedic and dramatic actor in his own right, had plans to make his debut as a director. He signed on to direct the film adaptation of the book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock back in 2014, but all that is set to change.
The novel, which is written by the same author who wrote Silver Lining's Playbook, has a strong focus on the heavy subject matter of sexual abuse. The rights to the story are currently owned by The Weinstein Company, and now Tatum has announced that he and his business partner Reid Carolin will no longer be developing the film in light of the recent allegations.
In an Instagram post, he wrote:
"The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us. They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in.
"Our lone broject 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. 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."
After all the recent statements full of missteps and awkward phrasing, it's nice to see someone absolutely hit the nail on the head.
"This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to," Tatum continued. "The truth is out - let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all"
Good on the actor for coming forward and supporting the victims who bravely came out against Weinstein and others in the industry!