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Channing Tatum Has Pulled His Film Project From the Weinstein Company

In response to women throughout Hollywood revealing producer Harvey Weinstein’s ties to sexual harassment, Channing Tatum has announced that he’s pulling his upcoming film project from the Weinstein Company. According to The Hollywood ReporterTatum and his partner Reid Carolin were slated to co-direct and produce an adaptation of the YA book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for the prestigious film company. 

Tatum explained his decision on social media, first expressing his admiration for the women who have shared their stories about Weinstein. “The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us,” he said in an Instagram post. “They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in.”

 

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“Our lone project in development with [The Weinstein Company]—Matthew Quick’s brilliant book, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock—is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse,” Tatum continued. “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.”

Tatum isn’t the first to withdraw a project from Weinstein’s organization following the influx of sexual abuse allegations. Lin-Manuel Miranda expressed desire to take back the rights to an In the Heights film adaptation, while Amazon Studios has cut ties with Weinstein-produced shows. 

“The truth is out,” Tatum said in his statement. “Let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and all.”

Given the media industry’s fervent response to Weinstein’s actions, it seems that Hollywood is actively trying to achieve this kind of atmosphere, but there’s definitely a long way to go to reach this point. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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