Channing Tatum to Co-Direct Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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forgivemenovelChanning Tatum and Reid Carolin will co-direct and produce an adaptation of “Silver Linings Playbook” author Matthew Quick’s “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” for The Weinstein Company, says The Hollywood Reporter. Tatum may also possibly star in the film.

The book, which was released in August of 2013, is officially described as follows:

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was–that I couldn’t stick around–and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault.

Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart–obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting book, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made–and the light in us all that never goes out.

Tatum and Carolin are currently searching for a writer. The project is in development at their Free Association production company. Peter Kiernan will co-produce.

You can watch Matthew Quick introduce the novel in the video below.