Channing Tatum is attached to star in BLOODLINES, a crime movie involving the Mexican drug cartels that is taking shape at Universal Pictures, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Universal has optioned the upcoming Melissa Del Bosque book Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty, and tapped Straight Outta Compton scribe Jonathan Herman to adapt the book.
Tatum will play Scott Lawson, a rookie FBI agent assigned to the sleepy border town of Laredo, Texas, where he writes reports about the drug war. Lawson finally gets some action when he discovers that Miguel Trevino, the leader of a brutal Mexican drug cartel, has bought a racehorse for the purpose of laundering drug money. With the help of a more experienced female agent, he attempts to infiltrate the cartel.
Michael De Luca will produce under his eponymous shingle, while Tatum will also produce under his Free Association banner along with Michael Parets. Universal executive Erik Baiers will oversee Bloodlines for the studio, while Elishia Holmes will oversee on behalf of Michael De Luca Productions, having helped to package the project.
Tatum’s latest collaboration with Steven Soderbergh, Logan Lucky, drives into theaters this weekend, and the actor will soon be seen as Taron Egerton’s American counterpart in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He’s represented by UTA and Management 360.
Del Bosque is an award-winning journalist whose book will be published Sept. 12. She’s repped by Hotchkiss and Associates on behalf of Chase Literary Agency, while Herman is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline.
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