"Foxcatcher" star Channing Tatum is set to direct his first film, an adaptation of a young-adult novel by the author of "The Silver Linings Playbook."
The Hollywood Reporter said Tatum, 34, and his production partner Reid Carolin would co-direct and produce Matthew Quick's "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" for The Weinstein Co. No screenwriter is yet attached.
Quick's book focuses on the titular high-school student, who plans to kill his former best friend and then himself with his grandfather's pistol. Tatum is considering playing the role of a teacher.
The star, whose films this year include "22 Jump Street" and "The Book of Life," recently completed shooting "Magic Mike XXL."
That sequel to his 2012 male-strippers hit "Magic Mike" is scheduled for release July 1. He also stars in Andy and Lana Wachowski's science-fiction adventure "Jupiter Ascending," set for Feb. 6.
Tatum has been in negotiations since 2012 to star in and produce a biography of 1970s daredevil Evel Knievel, and said in May he hopes to begin production on the film next year.