The Maxx, a popular comic from the early 1990s, is the latest comic book to be adapted for the screen. Channing Tatum Magic Mike and Roy Lee It, The Departed are teaming up to produce the adaptation, but it’s still too early in the development stage to know whether it will be a film or a TV series. Learn more about The Maxx below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum will produce a new adaptation of the story with his Free Association partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, and Lee will produce via his production company, Vertigo Entertainment.
The Maxx was one of those early ’90s Image Comics series that stood out by being edgy and dealing with dark subject matter that didn’t frequently appear in superhero comics. I’ll let THR lay out the basics:
The original series followed the adventures of The Maxx, who appears in both the real world and an ernate reality, the Outback. In the real world, he is a homeless man living in a box but in the Outback, he is a powerful masked being who is the protector of the Jungle Queen. In the real world, the latter is a social worker named Julie Winters who frequently works to help the homeless man, unaware that the ernate reality exists and is exerting a dangerous influence on her life.
I remember seeing The Maxx imagery everywhere when I was growing up – all the cool older kids seemed to have stickers and trading cards with these characters emblazoned on them – but I never ended up reading any of the comics myself. That’s probably for the best, since the villain was a serial rapist and the story de with traumatic events that I definitely was not equipped to handle at that young of an age.
MTV already adapted the comic into a 13-episode animated series in 1995, which went on to win an Annie award for best animated series. You can check out a lengthy recap of that show below:
There’s no mention of whether Tatum would want to play the lead role, but I wonder if his involvement here is a subtle admission that he’s finally given up on that long-brewing Gambit movie and moved on to a different comic book adaptation instead. Apparently Tatum and Lee are “actively meeting with writers and filmmakers to find the right take for the material,” but there aren’t any names mentioned as being in contention for the gig yet. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more.
The road comedy will be co-directed by Tatum and Reid Carolin.
Channing Tatum's Dog has a found a home.
MGM has picked up the North American rights to the road comedy being co-directed by Tatum and Reid Carolin. Tatum is also starring.
The moves comes on the heels of an international sellout of the project at AFM, where Tatum and Carolin delivered their presentation to a packed room of distributors. And the marks the first big acquisition by Michael De Luca in his new role as MGM's motion picture group chairman.
Dog tracks two hard-charging former Army Rangers paired against their will: Briggs Tatum, and Lulu, a Belgian Malinois, as they race down the Pacific Coast in hopes of making it to a fellow soldier's funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy, confront the possibility that pet psychics are real, and begin to reckon with the one thing they were trained never to do: surrender.
The script is written by Carolin and based upon a story by Carolin and Brett Rodriguez. Gregory Jacobs will produce along with Peter Kiernan and Rodriguez via Free Association. Ken Meyer and Betsy Danbury will exec produce.
The film will begin principal photography May with MGM setting a release date for Valentine's Day weekend 2021. Tatum has had good fortune with that date as two of his previous hits, The Vow and Dead John, scored big openings.
“Having known and admired Reid and Chan for years as great guys and natural born storytellers, I couldn't be prouder and more excited to work with them, Greg Jacobs and Glen Basner on this, their first film as directors," said Michael De Luca in a statement. "The story's strong heart, humor and power reflect not only their talent but their humanity, and all of us at MGM hope this is the first of many."
Cassidy Lange will oversee for MGM.
FilmNation repped the international rights, with CAA and CAA Media Finance Group brokering the domestic license to MGM. Tatum, Carolin and Free Association are repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson.