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Channing Tatum has made no secret of the fact that he’d like to direct. Now it looks like he’s found his chance. He and creative partner Reid Carolin are attached to produce and co-direct Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, based on a novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick.

But for those who prefer Tatum in front of the camera, don’t worry — he’s hoping to star in the movie as well. Hit the jump for more details on the Channing Tatum directorial debut.

Published in 2013, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock centers on a troubled teen who brings a gun to school with plans to shoot his best friend and then himself. But first, he spends the day saying his goodbyes to the people who matter most to him. Should Tatum sign on, he’ll play a caring teacher who steps in.

The adaptation has been in development at The Weinstein Co. for over a year. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) was on board at one point to write and direct but is no longer involved. The search is on for a new writer to adapt the book.

Tatum is coming off Bennett Miller’s Oscar hopeful Foxcatcher and has several more high-profile projects due out in the next couple years including the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending, the Coens’ Hail, Caesar!, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and the Gambit X-Men spinoff.

Most recently, Tatum wrapped a starring role in Magic Mike XXL, which he also wrote and produced with Carolin. The pair are also attached to co-direct The Son, a crime thriller based on the book by Jo Nesbø. However, The Son doesn’t have a studio yet and it’s unclear which project will go first.

Silver Linings Playbook is the only book of Quick’s that has actually made it to the big screen at this point, but he’s already a favorite in Hollywood. Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are working on The Good Luck of Right Now, and Sam Raimi is planning to make Love May Fail from a script by Mike White.

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