It is not often that Hollywood makes a musical anymore, and when they do, it is based on a show that has been tested on the boards of Broadway. So the fact that Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are teaming for an original musical is a doubly newsworthy event.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two actors are planning on playing pilots in a currently untitled project for Universal which will definitely be in R-rating territory. There are no other story details available at the moment, but it is Gordon-Levit who developed the initial idea with screenwriter Michael Bacall. Bacall, who co-wrote and appeared in Levitt’s 2001 film Maniac as well as worked on the script for Tatum’s 21 Jump Street movies, will be doing the scripting chores. The Reporter’s story didn’t specify if Bacall was also working on the songs for the film or if someone else will be brought in to handle those.
Both actors have shown off musical chops before. Tatum has demonstrated some impressive dance skills in the Step Up movies in which he has appeared, as well as Magic Mike. Starting this weekend, he can be seen tap dancing and singing in the Coen Brothers comedy Hail Caesar!. Gordon-Levitt sang and danced in (500) Days Of Summer. And of course the two shared a song and dance together during the opening of the 2013 Academy Awards show.