〉Channing will produce via his production co. Free Association.
Channing Tatum and his Free Association banner have set up New York Times Besteller TWO KISSES FOR MADDY at Sony Pictures, based on the heart-warming memoir by Matthew Logelin. Pitched as 50/50 meets Steel Magnolias, the adaptation centers on a father who must raise his newborn daughter alone after his wife tragically dies twenty-seven hours following childbirth. As Maddy grows older, her father gives her two kisses each night, one from himself and one from her mother.
Tatum, who has a young daughter himself, will produce the father/daughter tale, with an eye towards starring in the pivotal role. Peter Kiernan will produce via Free Association, which set up a development deal with Sony last year. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will also produce under their Temple Hill Entertainment shingle. David Beaubaire will oversee development for Sony’s Tristar Pictures label.
The story was initially optioned by the Lifetime network in 2012 with Marta Kauffman set to executive produce a TV movie, which was scrapped in favor of the feature. Safe Haven and Ever After scribe Dana Stevens has been tapped to write the screenplay. Stevens has written several classic heart-warmers in the past, such as For Love of the Game and City Of Angels, making her an ideal choice to script the adaptation.
Two Kisses For Maddy details Logelin’s unexpected journey of raising his daughter as a single parent in the wake of tragedy and his daily struggle overcoming his grief over the loss of his wife. His story was initially transcribed through his online blog, which gained national media attention in 2008. With the support of a worldwide community, Logelin moved with his daughter Madeline to India, a site which held sentimental memories of his wife, to write a book detailing his story. Logelin’s memoir serves as a testament to his wife’s legacy and a way for his daughter to connect with her mother.
The touching memoir received rave reviews from The Hollywood Reporter and LA Mag and reached #24 on the New York Times Best Seller List and #11 on the eBook list. In subsequent years, Logelin formed the Liz Logelin Foundation, a charity that seeks to financially and emotionally support families that have suffered the tragic death of a parent. Logelin is currently writing a children’s book about fathers, due for publication in June, 2016.
Free Association has produced a number of Tatum’s films, including 22 Jump Street, White House Down, 10 Years, and Magic Mike. Next up, they’ll produce the Tatum-starring features Gambit, Bad Romance, 23 Jump Street, and Struck by Genius.
Temple Hill, known for producing the Twilight series, also produced Dear John and 10 Years, which both starred Tatum. Most recently, Temple produced the hit John Green adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, the YA action/thriller The Maze Runner, and Nicholas Spark’s The Longest Ride. Currently, they’re in production on the Maze Runner sequels and awaiting release on another John Green adaptation, Paper Towns.
Stevens most recently served as an executive producer on the Julie & Julia adaptation, which starred Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. She’s currently penning an untitled John Lennon and Yoko Ono biopic for Sony, co-writing the Steven Spielberg-produced Destiny, and scripting thriller adaptation The Lion Sleeps, which she’ll also direct. She’s repped by WME.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor