Channing Tatum pulls 'Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock' from Weinstein Co. following scandal
UPI News Service, 10/19/2017
Channing Tatum is pulling the film "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" from The Weinstein Co. and is cutting ties with the production house following co-founder Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault controversy.
Tatum was set to produce and direct the film along with partner Reid Carolin making it their co-directorial debut, Variety reported.
"Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" was an adaptation of Matthew Quick's 2013 novel which follows a high school student who plans to kill his best friend and then himself after being sexually abused.
Tatum made the announcement that he is dropping "Forgive Me" on Facebook Wednesday where he also showed support for the women who came forward stating that Weinstein had sexually assaulted them.
"The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us. They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in," the actor wrote.
"Our lone project in development with TWC- Matthew Quick's brilliant book, 'Forgive Me Leonard Peacock'- is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse. 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," he continued.
"This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out- let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all," Tatum said before signing the post with his name and Reid's.
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