You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Film News Roundup: Channing Tatum, Roy Lee to Produce ‘The Maxx’

In today’s film news roundup, Channing Tatum and Roy Lee are developing “The Maxx,” Leslie Uggams has joined “The Ravine” and Safehouse Pictures is expanding.


Channing Tatum and Roy Lee are teaming up to produce a movie or television show based on the Image Comics series “The Maxx.”

Tatum will produce through his Free Association, along with principals Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Lee will produce though his Vertigo Entertainment. Sam Kieth, who created the series in the 1990s, will also produce with partner Tal Vigderson.

The Maxx appears in both the real world as a homeless man and in an alternate reality as a powerful masked character protecting the Jungle Queen — who’s also a social worker named Julie Winters who frequently works to help the homeless man. The comic led to a 13-episode cartoon series on MTV, which won an Annie Award for best animated series.

Free Association launched sales earlier this month at the American Film Market on the road-trip comedy “Dog,” centered on a former Army Ranger and his Belgian Malinois dog Lulu. Tatum will make his directorial debut with Carolin. Tatum and Carolin produced the original “Magic Mike,” starring Tatum and directed by Steven Soderbergh from a script by Carolin, and the sequel “Magic Mike XXL.”

Lee founded Vertigo in 2002. His credits include “The Ring,” “The Grudge,” the “It” movies, the “Lego” franchise and best picture winner “The Departed.”

Popular on Variety


“Deadpool” star Leslie Uggams and Bob Proctor have joined Eric Dane, Teri Polo and Peter Facinelli in the independent drama/thriller “The Ravine.”
Dane and Polo portray a normal suburban couple whose tranquil lives are torn apart by the sudden and unexpected murder-suicide of their best friends. Uggams plays a psychic who sees the murders happen. The project is based on the Robert Pascuzzi novel of the same name and is directed by Keoni Waxman.
Pascuzzi and his wife Kelly are producers along with Phillip Goldfine. Uggams, who also stars in “Empire,” is represented by the BRS/Gage Talent Agency. Proctor is co-founder of The Proctor Gallagher Institute.

Safehouse, which recently announced deals with Legendary Television and Amblin Partners, have brought in Kelly Burnett as vice president and Ariane Ackerberg as creative executive to help service those deals in both film and television.

Burnett joins from Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers for four years where she brought in and worked on multiple feature and television projects. Prior to that, she worked for UTA and Warner Bros Theatrical Marketing.

After graduating from the UCLA Producers Program in 2016, Ackerberg went to work as an executive assistant at 20th Century Fox where she helped oversee a variety of projects in active development.

Matt Schwartz, who joined the company in 2013, is being re-upped as executive vice president. He’s as co-executive producer on the Netflix series “Spinning Out” which stars Kaya Scodelario, January Jones and Johnny Weir. Safehouse is repped by CAA and Goodman Schenkman & Brecheen.

More Film

  • My Zoe

    'My Zoe': Film Review

    There are two films in Julie Delpy’s ambitious, sharply-made but unbalanced “My Zoe.” There’s the scabrous relationship melodrama, about bitter exes sharing custody of a beloved child, which contains the story’s most potent emotions. And there’s the sci-fi-inflected ethical-dilemma grief movie, which houses its most provocative ideas. Both have much to recommend them, not least [...]

  • Richard Jewell

    The Big Lie of 'Richard Jewell' (Column)

    For a man who was so enraged at the administration of Barack Obama that he spent his 2012 Republican Convention speech lecturing an empty chair, Clint Eastwood has made a number of conventional, level-headed — one might even say liberal — political dramas. Films like “Invictus” and “J. Edgar” and “Midnight in the Garden of [...]

  • Oscar Isaac Star Wars The Rise

    Oscar Isaac Has Never Felt Like a 'Star Wars' Insider

    Unlike his “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” co-stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, Oscar Isaac had already established a long and acclaimed acting career before J.J. Abrams cast him as ace X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” including standout roles in 2006’s “The Nativity Story” and 2011’s “Drive,” and [...]

  • Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects

    Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects by Jonas Alexander Arnby, Agnieszka Smoczyńska

    Denmark’s Jonas Alexander Arnby, France’s Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska are among up-and-coming directors from across Europe whose latest projects will be presented at the 11th Coproduction Village of Les Arcs Film Festival. This edition of Les Arcs Coproduction Village will showcase a total of 22 European projects spanning 19 countries. [...]

  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    'Chez Jolie Coiffure': Film Review

    Shortly before the credits roll on “Chez Jolie Coiffure,” a customer in the eponymous hair salon asks her stylist, Sabine, if she has any plans to go home this year. Out of context, this sounds like the kind of standard, empty small talk one often makes while having one’s hair cut: what good movies you’ve [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content